Can Someone Really Read Your Mind?
Mentalist Shows were popular on carnival midways in the early 1900’s.
Mentalist Shows and fortune tellers were all the rage at the turn of the 20th century.
Even the Great Houdini found interest in this area and because of his training in magic, set about in the 1920’s on a crusade to debunk practicing spiritualist as frauds. ( a practice that cost him his friendship with the great writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle )
Shows like these provided entertainment that delighted the rather naive crowds of that period.
They should not be confused with fortune telling “Mitt Camps” which promised to tell your future by reading the palm of your hand or the bumps on your head but were often nothing more than ‘clip joints’ and run by pickpockets and bunco artist.
This rather grainy photo of the Great Hilliar’s mentalist show was taken sometime in the early 1900’s
I wish I could buy a ticket to go see it today…