Punch,  63 (1872), 217.

A Trap to Catch a Joke





Mesmerism, Charlatanry

    Responds to news of a Parisian man who has established himself as a mesmerist. Notes that he is called 'the Zouave Jacob' and considers him the modern counterpart to Valentine Greatrakes. Noting that Jacob bolsters his income by working as a hatter, anticipates that some readers will think Jacob is 'as mad as a hatter'. However, Jacob should be considered 'as mad as a mesmerist'.

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