Polish Clairvoyant Swindler

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Dealt Bad Card

He was not able to find his own coat. When he lost a game of cards he said it was because he wasn’t able to see his opponent’s hand. He was endlessly looking for his wife who frequently ran away from home and was seeing another man. When she finally left him, he asked her best friend, who knew about her divorce plans: “Why didn’t you tell me? I didn’t know anything”. Despite this, Stefan Ossowiecki gained fame for being Poland’s best clairvoyant before the war. Ossowiecki’s father was an engineer, assistant to Mendeleev (inventor of the periodic table). A potrait of Ossowiecki’s mother was painted by famed Polish painter Jan Matejko. She was supposedly extraordinarily intuitive. Perhaps, she he received the gift of clairvoyancy from her. Reportedly, he could even levitate and be in two different places at the same time. Józef Piłsudski, Ignacy Paderewski and the entire interwar Polish social creme de la creme were his clients. “With thanks to Mr. Stefan Ossowiecki and our discussions of what it is to understand that which exists and that which does not,” wrote Piłsudski on the back of his own pictutr which he gave to the clairvoyant. Ossowiecki even recieved letters from the pope. “I imagined him to be an ascetic yogi or a Saint Francis of Assisi type, a skinny ‘poor man’. But standing in front of me was a corpulent gentleman of about forty with a white face, thick lips and pudgy hands,” wrote Count Antoni Plater-Zyberk. Another friend and patron of Ossowiecki was Stanisław Raabe, who said of him: ” he was a magnet and a gourmet and not only in the culinary sense”. He was always surrounded by a group of women, admirers, clients and penitents. “One woman was talking about her husband’s betrayal, another one was looking for advice in her sad (erotic) life and yet another was asking about her future. He advised the first to have a philosophical attitude toward her worries and he quoted poetry to her, the second he tried to dissuade from sin, but the third he tried to persuade to sin,” writes Adam Grzymala-Siedlecki, author of “The Daily Lives of Uncommon People”. Ossowiecki had two wives in Warsaw and perhaps left another four in Russia following his escape after the revolution.
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