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The Humbugs of the World

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  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108044356

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  • Ebenezer Scrooge's cry of 'Humbug!' is well known throughout the English-speaking world. But what did he mean? In this entertaining book, P. T. Barnum (1810–91), defines 'humbug' as 'glittering appearances by which to suddenly arrest public attention, and attract the public eye and ear'. A showman himself and the creator of 'The Greatest Show on Earth', Barnum was famous for his own tricks, and describes here some of the most fascinating and outrageous examples perpetrated in his time. He explores the cases of Mr Warren, who wrote an advertisement in enormous letters on the pyramids of Giza, and the Fox daughters, who caused a stir among spiritualists in New York when they held seances with tapping spirits – in fact their own cracking knee joints. First published in 1866, this tour of Victorian humbug, fraud, superstition and quackery will appeal to social historians and readers interested in nineteenth-century popular culture.

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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108044356
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Publisher's note
    Part I. Personal Reminiscences:
    1. General view of the subject
    2. Definition of the word humbug
    3. Monsieur Mangin, the French humbug
    4. Old Grizzly Adams
    5. The golden pigeons
    6. The whales, the angel fish, and the golden pigeon
    7. Pease's horehound candy
    8. Brandreth's pills
    Part II. The Spiritualists:
    9. The Davenport brothers, their rise and progress
    10. The spirit-rapping and medium humbugs
    11. The 'Ballot-test'
    12. Spiritual 'letters on the arm'
    13. Demonstrations by 'Samson' under a table
    14. Spiritual photographing
    15. 'Banner of light'
    16. Spiritualist humbugs waking up
    17. The Davenport brothers shown up once more
    Part III. Trade and Business Impositions:
    18. Adulterations of food
    19. Adulteration in drinks
    20. The Peter Funks and their functions
    21. Lottery sharks
    22. Another lottery humbug
    23. A California coal mine
    Part IV. Money Manias:
    24. The petroleum humbug
    25. The tulipomania
    26. John Bull's great money humbug
    27. Business humbugs
    Part V. Medicine and Quacks:
    28. Doctors and imagination
    29. The consumptive remedy
    30. Monsignore Cristoforo Rischi, or Il Créso, the nostrum-vendor of Florence
    Part VI. Hoaxes:
    31. The Twenty-seventh-street ghost
    32. The moon hoax
    33. The miscegenation hoax
    Part VII. Ghosts and Witchcrafts:
    34. Haunted houses
    35. Haunted houses
    36. Magical humbugs
    37. Witchcraft
    38. Charms and incantations
    Part VIII. Adventurers:
    39. The Princess Cariboo, or, the Queen of the Isles
    40. Count Cagliostro, alias Joseph Balsamo, known also as 'Cursed Joe'
    41. The diamond necklace
    42. The Count de St Germain: sage, prophet, and magician
    43. Riza Bey, the Persian envoy to Louis XIV
    Part IX. Religous Humbugs:
    44. Diamond cut diamond, or, Yankee superstitions
    45. A religious humbug on John Bull
    46. The first humbug in the world
    47. Heathen humbugs
    48. Modern heathen humbugs
    49. Ordeals.

  • Author

    P. T. Barnum

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