Colonel Karl Beichl – dowser in the service of the k.u.k. army [k.u.k. – royal and imperial (Austro-Hungarian empire)]

Colonel Karl Beichl – dowser in the service of the k.u.k. army [k.u.k. – royal and imperial (Austro-Hungarian empire)]

Karl Beichl was born in Vienna on September 14, 1874. After finishing the pioneer cadet school he became a military construction engineer and was promoted Colonel.

Karl Beichl was one of the most influential radiesthecists from Austria and also used his talent during World Ward 1 to ensure that the troops at the front in the karst area had water. Documents prove that Beichl had had 25 wells erected in Bosnia by the end of 1914, following his dowsing results, after enlisting on August 8, 1914. He was also commissioned to train other sensitive officers who had the talent as dowsers. One of his students was Major Friedrich Musil, who worked for many years as a dowser after the war.

Beichl was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Franz Joseph with Swords for his skills. Emperor Franz Joseph I. awarded him with a golden divining rod as a as a badge of rank, which he was able to put on the collar of his uniform. The emperor also asked Colonel Beichl to find the pocket watch that he had lost, and Beichl indeed found it within 10 minutes.

After the war had ended, Beichl furthermore worked as a radiesthecist, concentrating now on finding water. He was often commissioned for jobs abroad. The most important find was a water vein that ensured the water supply of Triest. Karl Beichl also compiled a thermal spring map of Vienna. In gratitude for his service, the city of Vienna named a street in Wien-Favoriten “Beichl Street” after him.

Beichl was also able to find up to 70 different minerals. He was invited to America to perform a radiesthetic examination in order to find gold. However, he had to decline due to poor health.

In his later years, Beichl also dowsed for earth radiation. He had planned on publishing a book about that, but died before he could finish it.

Karl Beichl died in Vienna on February 18, 1937.

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