Can You Believe This?

So I’m picking up Dearing’s The Elegant Inn: The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 1893-1929, for a writing project.  I’m glancing around, trying to figure out where the information I want will be, and…

In 1905 throughout East Side tenements a certain textbook on necromancy was widely read; its sequels still find readers.  It told how to make oneself invisible or impervious to bullets, how to cure diseases.  To learn difficult incantations the book recommended the services of a Wise Woman.  Lest you be some gunman’s target you must say “O Josophat, O Tomosath, O Plasorath!” and quickly pronounce Jarot backwards three times.

That’s right – I’m five pages into this book, and I’m finding references to The Egyptian Secrets of Albertus Magnus being used in Manhattan in the early twentieth century – and likely well before de Laurence’s edition became popular.  That’s just bizarre.

Published in: on May 26, 2010 at 11:29 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Necromancers of Old New York – sounds like decent little RPG. 😛

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