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The Confidence-Man (1857)

- January 24, 2017 in american society, confidence trickster, conman, donald trump, fraud, herman melville

Published on the day it is set, April Fool's Day 1857, Herman Melville's last novel concerns a group of passengers travelling by steamboat along the Mississippi and their various encounters with the enigmatic conman of the title.

The Confidence-Man (1857)

- January 24, 2017 in american society, confidence trickster, conman, donald trump, fraud, herman melville

Published on the day it is set, April Fool's Day 1857, Herman Melville's last novel concerns a group of passengers travelling by steamboat along the Mississippi and their various encounters with the enigmatic conman of the title.

The Confidence-Man (1857)

- January 24, 2017 in american society, confidence trickster, conman, donald trump, fraud, herman melville

Published on the day it is set, April Fool's Day 1857, Herman Melville's last novel concerns a group of passengers travelling by steamboat along the Mississippi and their various encounters with the enigmatic conman of the title.

The Confidence-Man (1857)

- January 24, 2017 in american society, confidence trickster, conman, donald trump, fraud, herman melville

Published on the day it is set, April Fool's Day 1857, Herman Melville's last novel concerns a group of passengers travelling by steamboat along the Mississippi and their various encounters with the enigmatic conman of the title.

Photographs from a séance with Eva Carrière (1913)

- October 31, 2013 in Boston Public Library, collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, eva carrière, fraud, harry price, hoax, Images, Images-20th, Images-People, Images-Photography, Internet Archive, occult, seance, spirit photography, spiritualism, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide

This remarkable series of photographs are from a book entitled Phenomena of Materialisation by German physician and psychic researcher Baron von Schrenck-Notzing. The book focuses on a series of séances that Schrenck-Notzing witnessed between the years 1909 and 1913 involving the French medium Eva Carrière, or Eva C. Born Marthe Béraud, Carrière changed her name in 1909 to begin her career afresh after a series of seances she held in 1905 were exposed as a fraud. Her psychic performances as Eva C gained the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes mystery series, who believed she was genuine, and also Harry Houdini, who was not so convinced. Another researcher who became interested in her case was Albert von Schrenck-Notzing. A series of tests he devised between the years 1909 and 1913 convinced him that Eva C was the real deal and in 1913 he published his Phenomena of Materialisation detailing the sessions and the reasons for his belief. It has been noted that these sessions with Schrenck-Notzing verged on the pornographic. Carrière’s assistant (and reported lover) Juliette Bisson would, during the course of the séance sittings with Schrenck-Notzing, introduce her finger into Carrière’s vagina to ensure […]