Dave Elman

 

Dave Elman  

 

Born: 6 May 1900
Died: 5 December 1967
Birthplace: Park River USA
Best known as: Healer and Educator and rapid induction,

 

 His interest in hypnosis was stimulated at an early age by his father who was an accomplished hypnotist. When Dave was 8 years old he began to realize the vast possibilities of hypnosis in the relief of pain. Dave Elman was only eight when he see his father wracked and in pain of terminal cancer. A famous stage hypnotist learned of the situation, and came to visit his dad in hospital. And with in a few minutes of hypnotic treatment the moaning and groaning was silenced and the pain was relieved. Young Dave never forgot how his Dad was afforded relief not available from traditional styles of medical procedures. Dave started working in show business during his school vacations, usually as a comic. One season he did a hypnosis act, and it was during this period that he developed the rapid induction techniques that made his later teaching demonstrations so extraordinary. Dave just loved the loved show business he was a great music lover specializing in saxophone and violin playing, He wrote all his own songs as well as his amazing books. One season he tried New York and worked in night clubs playing their for a while. He really didn't enjoy this type of work so he gave it up and got a job working for music publishers. He became a successful writer, director and producer of network radio programs, and taught these subjects at Columbia University.  Dave enjoyed working on the radio shows and took over a show for a while to replace the jack Benny show for a season in California while they had their holiday. 

 

 He would often get a group of his friends together to put on a show for some worthy cause. In 1948, he arranged such a benefit and a few days before the show date was informed that the group would not be back in town in time for the performance. Elman was on the spot; it would be impossible to get another group together on such short notice. What could he do? How could he entertain an audience for a couple of hours? He hit on the idea of a hypnosis show, something he hadn't done in years. The performance was a great success and afterward he was approached by a group of doctors who asked him to teach them what he knew about hypnosis. Then he made the decision to change his profession and become an authority in the teaching of hypnosis. He met with medical specialists and researched the available literature and developed the Dave Elman course in clinical hypnosis. Although Elman had no advanced training or degrees, he restricted participation in his training courses to dentists and physicians. His reputation soon spread quickly and soon made him the best known and most successful teacher of hypnotism in the united states. For several years Dave taught his course to thousands of medical staff in almost every major city in the states.