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The Thought Reader Craze: Victorian Science At The Enchanted Boundary

Beginning in 1870, the hunger for scientific discovery in Great Britain drove prominent scientists, philosophers and others to promote the legitimacy of telepathy. At the same time, mind-reading as a form of entertainment gained increasing popularity as persuasive performers like John Randall Brown, W.I. Bishop, and Stuart C. Cumberland convinced reporters that they truly could read the thoughts o...

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Publication Date: September 29, 2012
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“This is excellent history. Barry Wiley shows once again that he is a tireless researcher. His easy writing style leads the reader on and on through the fascinating era where entertainment, magic, science, superstition and fraud intermingled. I hig...”

others.The widely publicized, sometimes bizarre, interactions between scientists and these charlatans ushered in the Thought Reader Craze, a period that lasted through about 1910 and saw entertainers make and lose fortunes and scientists make and lose reputations. This volume explores this unusual cultural phenomenon, showing how it was aided through the years by public scientific pronouncements, astonishing performances by the thought readers, and the rapidly changing industrial society.