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   by The Notorious Doctor Zoom Zoom


  He seems to be a favorite of occultists nowadays. The Rosicrucians and Theosophists claim that Saint Germain is still alive and that he was once known as Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)! H.P. Blavatsky claims the Count to be one of the “ascended masters” that lives inside a mountain in Tibet, apparently even in the present time. Her successor Annie Besant claimed  she actually met the Count still alive in 1896. Her follower Henry Olcott claimed he met centuries old Count St. Germain in 1926, still alive and said to be living in a castle in Transylvania. Guy Ballard, founder of the "I AM" New Age cult, claimed he too met Saint Germain, but on Mount Shasta in California in August of 1930. He must have must have gotten tired of having Dracula as a neighbor and moved out of his castle.  Elizabeth Claire Prophet claimed to receive regular revelations from him, and her cult has practically deified the Count. Prophet claims the Count magically appeared to the founding fathers at the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, telling them to sign it (as though they wouldn’t have otherwise?). Other occultists claim he lived on from the 1700's  and became known as the psychologist Carl Jung. Obviously all these stories can’t be true  (in fact, none of them are), and the actual truth is much less fanciful.

    The real “Count” St. Germain spun quite an unbelievable yarn of being extremely old...anywhere from 300 to 2000 years old, depending on whom he wanted to impress. He spoke of ancient events as though he had been present at them, and this apparently fooled some people into thinking he actually had. It’s a secret many occultists use called lying. He made it a point never to eat in public, and this added to the image that he had somehow discovered the secret of eternal youth and no longer needed food to survive. He did eat in private, or else he would have starved to death.

     No one knows where exactly “Count” St. Germain came from, and it’s unlikely he was actually a Count. Sometimes he claimed he was a Russian Prince, a count from Transylvania, or a German nobleman. In 1774 he fooled the Margrave Charles Alexander into believing he was Prince Rakoczy, until Alexander eventually learned several months later that all the Rakoczys were all dead.  One account says he was simply the Italian son of a tax collector born in 1710 in San Germano (Itallian for Saint Germain), and most  historians think this is correct. Nothing of his life is known before 1740.

     St. Germain was said to have owned an impressive art collection, but famous pieces of art have pedigrees, and there is no famous painting ever documented to have been owned by Count St. Germain. Not even one. Since Germain was said to have been an artist himself, this suggests his paintings were really forgeries. Count St. Germaine managed to gain the confidence of Louis XV of France.

     Not everyone was fooled by St. Germain. Once he tried to impress the famous Giacomo Casanova (who was also a fake, but later at least he eventually admitted it in his memoirs) by changing a small ingot of lead into gold. But since he was a “fellow traveler”, Casanova told St. Germain he knew the trick was accomplished- -by switching the lead ingot for a gold one through slight of hand. St. Germain was miffed, and  politely asked him to leave his house. Concerning the Count, Casanova had this to say:

“This extraordinary man, intended by nature to be the king of impostors and quacks, would say in an easy, assured manner that he was three hundred years old, that he knew the secret of the Universal Medicine, that he possessed a mastery over nature, that he could melt diamonds, professing himself capable of forming, out of ten or twelve small diamonds, one large one of the finest water without any loss of weight. All this, he said, was a mere trifle to him. Notwithstanding his boasting, his bare-faced lies, and his manifold eccentricities, I cannot say I thought him offensive. In spite of my knowledge of what he was and in spite of my own feelings, I thought him an astonishing man as he was always astonishing me.”
       Another account from a contemporary comes from a letter written in 1745 by Horace Walpole The letter states Count St. Germain was arrested in London on suspicion of espionage but released without charge:

    “ ...the other day they seized an odd man, who goes by the name of Count St. Germain. He has been here these two years, and will not tell who he is, or whence, but professes that he does not go by his right name. He sings, plays on the violin wonderfully, composes, is mad, and not very sensible. He is called an Italian, a Spaniard, a Pole; a somebody that married an heiress with a  great fortune in Mexico, and ran away with her jewels to Constantinople; a priest, a fiddler, a vast nobleman. The Prince of Wales has had unsatiated curiosity about him, but in vain. However, nothing has been made out against him; he is released; and, what convinces me that he is not a gentleman, stays here, and talks of his being taken up for a spy.” (From a Letter to Sir Horace Mann, Dec. 9, 1745, available on Project Gutenberg at

     Cassanova’s writings give a clue as to why the Count got away with his ruse for so long; St. Germain was a charismatic character. Some people probably thought him an entertaining and  harmless quack. But no doubt there were some people who probably believed him, or else he couldn’t have made a successful living sponging off of rich nobles.

     The mystery of his identity seemed to be part of his charm. His very last meal ticket had him quartered in a particularly damp room, which is said to have lead to his rheumatism. He became depressed toward the end of his life. During his lifetime, it’s said he also met another occult quack, Count Cagliostro, who he claimed he initiated into Freemasonry in London...even though the Prussian grand master Freemason St. Germain once met spotted him as a fake when he couldn’t give the correct handshakes and passwords.

     In reality, Count St. Germain wasn’t really a count, didn’t have occult powers, and was just a con artist. Count St. Germain was probably 74 when he died in 1784...even though he claimed to be centuries old and knew the secret to eternal life! He was just a con man, nothing more, certainly was not an “ascended master”!

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