Originally posted by David Alexander:
I find it troubling that an accusation of embezzlement is made and substantiation requested. Does anyone else have a problem with this post?
Actually, I find it troubling myself, but my curiosity got the best of me. I probably should have worded it more cryptically and diplomatically. I had rather hoped that some of those who knew him well would address the rumors and set the record straight, now that he is no longer among us. Martin Breese does implicitly confirm that he used his mentalism skills to attract clients to his investment business in his blurb for the first volume of Horwitz's books, which states:
"During Basil's lifetime he was also involved in investment and finance. He used to perform for charity and demonstrated mental miracles that stunned his audience. When each member of the audience left the show Basil ended up with the name, address and telephone number of hundreds of people desperate for him to ring and discuss financial plans, investment and insurance."
Even if Horwitz did not, as rumored, leave South Africa with clients' funds, I personally find such use of his skills disturbing. He was apparently not using the skills merely to entertain, but to convince them that he had powers that would make investing with him a wise decision. Hopefully Martin Breese will comment here and let us know what he can about this fascinating character.