Wolf Messing

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Wolf Grigorevich Messing (Hebrew: וּוֹלףֿ מסינג‎, Polish: Wolf Grigorewicz Messing, Russian: Во́льф Григо́рьевич (Ге́ршикович) Ме́ссинг Vóľf Gérškovič (Grigór'evič) Méssing; 10 September 1899, Góra Kalwaria (Yiddish: גער Ger), Poland – 8 November 1974, Moscow) was an alleged psychic who became a stage performer.


Born to a Jewish family, Messing fled from Germany to the USSR before World War II. He claimed that his abilities came to the attention of Joseph Stalin. According to Messing, he was able to broadcast mental suggestions in order to alter people's perceptions.

Appearances in fiction

Wolf Messing is a major character in Steve Englehart's series of Max August novels, beginning with The Point Man in 1980, and continuing through The Long Man and The Plain Man.

Further reading

  • Topsy Küppers: Wolf Messing – Hellseher und Magier. Langen/Müller, München 2002. ISBN 3784428800 (German)
  • Nagel, Alexandra: Een mysterieuze ontmoeting…: Sai Baba en mentalist Wolf Messing/A mysterious meeting...: Sai Baba and mentalist Wolf Messing, published in Tijdschrift voor Parapsychologie/Journal for parapsychology 368, vol. 72 nr 4, Dec. 2005, pp. 14–17 (Dutch)


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