Hoaxes and Hexes: Daring Deceptions and Mysterious Curses

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Heritage House Publishing Co, 2011 - Social Science - 143 pages

The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines hoax as a "humorous or malicious deception," and hex as "a magic spell." These stories of hoaxes and hexes illustrate our curious desire to believe in the impossible and explain the inexplicable. Portrayed here are accomplished hoaxers and swidnlders, including the flamboyant 19th-century financier known as Lord Gordon—Gordon; David Walsh, author of the horrendous Bre-X gold-mine hoax of the 1990s; and the eccentric Josef Papp, who claimed to have crossed the Atlantic in a homemade submarine.The persistent power of hexes is recorded in stories of cursed places—including a strange haunting in the Cypress Hills and a deadly Lake Superior lighthouse—and weird coincidences, such as the legendary Hollywood hex on Oscar-winning actresses. Whether humorous or malicious, real or imagined, hoaxes or hexes have entertained and ensnared us throughout history.

 

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Contents

prologue
7
introduction
9
Famous Hoaxes
11
Great Frauds and Swindlers
33
Daring Imposters
47
Spiritualism
67
Out ofThis World
84
No Hex Like an Old Hex
96
Spooky Spots
110
Sports and Entertainment Hexes
125
bibliography
137
index
140
acknowledgements
143
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Barbara Smith is the author of over thirty books, including The Valiant Nellie McClung, Ghostly Campfire Stories of Western Canada, Campfire Stories of Western Canada, Hoaxes and Hexes, The Mad Trapper, Great Canadian Ghost Stories, Ghost Stories of Alberta, Ghost Stories and Mysterious Creatures of British Columbia, and Ghost Stories of the Rocky Mountains.

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