Dave Elman

Dave Elman

(actually David Kopelman; * May 6, 1900 in Park River, North Dakota; † December 5, 1967) was an American hypnotist, composer, musician and author.
Elman became known worldwide for his fast and efficient hypnotic trance induction;

The Elman induction is now part of the standard repertoire of many show hypnotists, but is also increasingly used as an introduction to hypnotherapy and in the medical field;

Dave Elman’s interest in hypnosis began when he was 8 years old; An acquaintance of the family treated his father, who was suffering from severe cancer-related pain, so effectively with hypnosis for the pain that he was able to play with the children. At the age of 14, he had already trained himself with the help of literature and observations of stage hypnotists to such an extent that he hypnotized his classmates;

Nach Verlassen der Schule arbeitete Elman als Komponist, Musiker (Saxophon und Violine), Komödiant und Showhypnotiseur. At this time, he changed his surname from Kopelman to Elman because it fitted better on posters and seemed to him to be a better way into show business.

Together with W. C. Handy, with whom he was friends, he composed the hit “Atlanta Blues (Make Me One Pallet On Your Floor)”. Her pieces were also played by Louis Armstrong; Dave Elman also worked as a radio presenter; he was particularly successful from 1937 to 1948 with his radio show Hobby Lobby on KDKA and wrote several books. In addition to his professional activities, Elman worked for the US espionage service CIC from 1942.

So that a charity event did not have to be canceled, Elman stepped in in 1948 and held an impromptu hypnosis show; After the show, doctors present asked him to teach them what they had just seen;

From then on, Elman devoted himself increasingly to hypnosis again, and in 1949 he demonstrated his rapid induction methods and his knowledge of pain control to doctor friends. He was then asked to offer a course on hypnosis for doctors and dentists. He insisted that he did not practice medicine, but only taught the techniques of hypnosis; His students often explored further medical applications and these collaborations were incorporated into the course. The medical hypnosis courses have been passed on to thousands of doctors and dentists. In 1964 he wrote the highly acclaimed book “Findings in Hypnosis”, which was later republished as HYPNOTHERAPY.

Elman’s hypnosis induction, known as the “Dave Elman induction”, became known worldwide because this simple yet effective method can induce a somnambulistic state in the hypnotized person within a few minutes. His suggestions, for example on hypnotic analgesia and healing and integration, have also become known from the medical hypnosis taught by Elman.


  • Explorations in Hypnosis by Dave Elman
  • Hypnotherapy by Dave Elman

    Source: Wikipedia


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