Punch,  45 (1863), 247.

Smart Things in the Athenaeum



News-Commentary, Drollery


Light, Exhibitions, Spiritualism, Charlatanry, Imposture, Controversy

    Believing the Athenaeum to be aping the critical style of the Saturday Review, notes the former periodical's claim that J Manning's 'optical ghosts' will 'beat the conjurors' and drive away mediums such as Daniel D Home and Charles H Foster. Punch questions this argument because it presumes that séance phenomena 'are really visible'.

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