[Ads-l] Saying: No explanation is needed for a believer; no explanation suffices for an unbeliever

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 8 05:24:49 EDT 2020

Bill Mullins wrote:
> The Amazing Dunninger was a mentalist who had a radio show in
> the 1940s and a television show on ABC in 1956.  He closed out
> his TV show with "To those who believe no explanation is necessary,
> to those who do not believe no explanation is possible."

Thanks for your response, Bill. YouTube has some audio recordings from
mentalist Joseph Dunninger's radio show. I checked a few, but he did
not use the saying in the sign-off of the radio show. YouTube has one
video, but it is not from the television show, and it cuts off

Below is some indirect evidence in 1956 suggesting that a person named
Dunninger employed the saying. This is consistent with your comment.

[ref] 1956 December 26, Plainfield Courier-News, This Side of Sports
by Don Murray (Sports Editor), Quote Page 26, Column 1, Plainfield,
New Jersey. (Newspapers_com) [/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
Borrowing Dunninger's favorite phrase, "For those who believe, no
explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation
is possible."
[End excerpt]


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