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BornJoseph Robert Poulin
June 11, 1874
near Rochester, New York
DiedNovember 11, 1942 (age 68)
Rochester, New York

Pauline (1874-1942) was a professional stage hypnotist beginning in 1909 and appeared for 30 years on the stage in the United States and Europe. He was one of the most successful performers with a hypnotic act.


Pauline began as a "subject" of hypnotists Herbert Flint and The Great McEwen. When he thought he was ready in 1910, he went to New York and engaged the services of Percy Williams, a widely known vaudeville director. Almost overnight, Pauline was lifted to the status of stardom becoming one of the highest paid performers in vaudeville.

In 1911, he played under the title "De Pauline," which was used intermittently throughout his career. By the end of 1912, he was in London playing the Palladium Theatre.

After about a year in Europe, Pauline returned to the United States billing himself as "Prof. De Pauline, the French Hypnotist." Other billings over the years included "The Eminent French Scientist", "The Eminent French Psychologist" and "Prince of Fun-Makers", "The World's Greatest Psychologist and hypnotist" and "Dr. J. Robert Pauline".

In 1920, he acted in The Mystery Mind, a 15-part movie serial written by Arthur B. Reeve, famous author of the Craig Kennedy, Detective mysteries, and John W. Grey. It was his only film role.

In 1925, Pauline's career was almost ended when he was convicted and sentenced to jail for throwing a waiter off the ninth floor of a New York hotel.

He returned to performing in late 1926 and by 1928 he had worked his way back as a headliner. Pauline's career gradually slowed down and he retired to West Sparta, New York in 1938, four years before his death of a heart attack.[1][2]


  1. Magic A Pictorial History History of Conjurers in the Theater by David Price (1985)
  2. Obit, Linking Ring, December, 1942