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The Victorians had a thirst for knowledge. This drove them to explore the unchartered corners of the world, plumb the unfathomable depths of science, discover evolution and create some of the engineering and architectural marvels of the world. Yet this open-mindedness also at times made them utterly gullible. Because of their closeness to disease and the ever-present threat of the own mortality, it was inevitable that they would be open to the claims of quacks who promised all kinds of pancreas, and to mediums who offered a means of communicating with the dead. So too did it make them eager for diversion and entertainment by the conjurers and illusionists of the great music halls. Strangely, it was through the magic-making skill of the conjurers that the activities of many of the tricksters and the fraudulent mediums finally came to be exposed. Medical Meddlers, Mediums and Magicians is a box of delights for all students of Victoriana.
- The History Press, November 2011
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