Dykshoorn, Marinus Bernardus (1920– )
Dutch psychic whose passport uniquely bears the occupation
entry ‘‘clairvoyant.’’ According to Paul Tabori, in his book
Crime and the Occult (1974), Dykshoorn has
‘‘. . .solved some extremely complex crimes, has located
graves that have been ‘‘lost’’ since 1917, foretold a great many
events that defied probability, and once tracked a thief in a distant
country by telephone. His fame is solidly established in his
native Holland and in a number of European countries. He has
actually been licensed by the Dutch government authorities as
a ‘practitioner of the psychic arts.’’’
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Dykshoorn, Marinus Bernardus
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He was born on July 10, 1920 in Gravenzande, near The
Hague, and claimed to have had clairvoyant and precognitive
gifts as a child. In 1938 a German scientist diagnosed his condition
as being a result of ESP, and Dykshoorn decided to become
a professional clairvoyant. At first he practiced in Holland,
moving to Australia in 1960. His reception there was
somewhat unsympathetic, and in 1970 he traveled to the United
States, where he became widely known.
In his autobiography, Dykshoorn claimed extraordinary
success in tracking criminals, finding buried treasure, and in
other clairvoyant and precognitive feats. Some of these claims,
however, depend upon Dykshoorn’s own statements and have
proved difficult to verify independently. For a skeptical view of
Dykshoorn’s claims, see Piet Hein Hoebens’s 1982 article in the
Zetetic Scholar.
Sources
Dykshoorn, Marinus Bernardus, as told to Russell H. Felton.
My Passport Says Clairvoyant. N.p., 1974.
Hoebens, Piet Hein. ‘‘The Mystery Men From Holland, III
The Man Whose Passport Says Clairvoyant.’’ Zetetic Scholar 10
(December 1982).
Tabori, Paul. Crime and the Occult. N.p., 1974.