Crystal Gazing, Its History and Practice: With a Discussion of the Evidence for Telepathic Scrying

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Dodge Publishing Company, 1905 - Crystal gazing - 162 pages
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This review is for the printed copy. The free online copy is very enjoyable, and the 100-year-old writing style is a lot of fun. But when I ordered a print copy, what I got was almost unreadable, as well as being waaay overpriced ($16 for a very badly-put-together 100-page paperback.) The sellers just scanned the library book as a text file and never cleaned it up. If they'd printed the images you see here, it would be worth buying. But there are page headings and page numbers in the middle of sentences in the middle of pages, the dashes are replaced with vertical lines, there are captions for photos with no photos. It would have taken an hour to edit this before selling it, something a reputable publisher would have spent hundreds of hours on. I self-publish my own books, and if I put out something as shoddy as this, I'd be ashamed of myself.  

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Page 98 - In the centre, he poured a little ink, and desired the boy to look into it, and tell him if he could see his face reflected in it: the boy replied that he saw his face clearly. The magician, holding the boy's hand all the while, 2 told him to continue looking intently into the ink; and not to raise his head.
Page 97 - I had prepared, by the magician's direction, some frankincense and coriander-seed*, and a chafingdish with some live charcoal in it. These were now brought into the room, together with the boy who was to be. employed : he had been called in, by my desire, from among some boys in the street, returning from a manufactory; and was about eight or nine years of age. In reply to my inquiry respecting the description of persons who could see in the magic mirror of ink, the magician said that they were a...
Page 102 - ... his empty sleeve attached to the breast of his coat. But it was the right arm that he had lost. Without saying that I suspected the boy had made a mistake, I asked the magician whether the objects appeared in the ink as if actually before the eyes, or as if in a glass, which makes the right appear left. He answered, that they appeared as in a mirror. This rendered the boy's description faultless.
Page 94 - ... the magician first asked me for a reed-pen and ink, a piece of paper, and a pair of scissors, and, having cut off a narrow strip of paper...
Page 104 - I might add several other cases in which the same magician has excited astonishment in the sober minds of Englishmen of my acquaintance. A short time since, after performing in the usual manner, by means of a boy, he prepared the magic mirror in the hand of a young English lady, who, on looking into it for a little while, said that she saw a broom sweeping the ground without any body holding it, and was so much frightened that she would look no longer.
Page 24 - ... disparaisse et qu'un rideau, semblable à un brouillard, s'interpose entre lui et le miroir. Sur ce rideau se dessinent les formes qu'il désire apercevoir et cela lui permet de donner des indications soit affirmatives soit négatives sur ce qu'on désire savoir. Il raconte alors les perceptions telles qu'il les reçoit. Les devins, pendant qu'ils sont dans cet état, n'aperçoivent pas ce qui se voit réellement (dans le miroir) ; c'est un autre mode de perception qui naît chez eux et qui s'opère,...
Page 100 - The boy gave the order required, and said, " I see a bull : it is red: four men are dragging it along ; and three are beating it.
Page 102 - The next person I called for was a native of Egypt who had been for many years resident in England, where he has adopted our dress, and who had been long confined to his bed by illness before I embarked for this country. I thought that his name, one not very uncommon in Egypt, might make the boy describe him incorrectly ; though another boy on...
Page 101 - He now addressed himself to me ; and asked me if I wished the boy to see any person who was absent or dead. I named Lord Nelson ; of whom the boy had evidently never heard ; for it was with much difficulty that he pronounced the name, after several trials. The magician desired the boy to say to the Sultan — " My master salutes thee, and desires thec to bring Lord Nelson : bring him before my eyes, that I may see him, speedily.

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