Punch,  42 (1862), 128.

A Card



Advertisement, Spoof


Spiritualism, Charlatanry, Imposture, Commerce, Mental Illness

    The text of this spoof card describes the activities of the 'celebrated transparent medium, I. M. Poster'—a reference to the medium Charles H Foster. Recommends his 'practical application of the vivisection of bleeding hearts to bereaved parties', and notes that he makes 'Spirit Hands' from 'measurement, drawings, or casts', and that details of deceased relatives 'may be communicated' to the medium 'before or during the meeting'. Emphasises the medium's honesty and thus points out that 'Sceptics need not take the trouble to attend', although 'lunatics' are admitted free. Stresses that the medium has no connection with 'Mr. Hoom-Bug' (a reference to Daniel D Home) and that the only 'Medium' through which he can be 'communicated' is 'the current coin of the realm'.

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