An interesting case of “ thought-reading ” came before the County Court of BudaPesth a few days ago. The accused, a lively little man, was known as “ The Wizard Rabbi,” or “ The Thought-reader of Czornowitz.” He was charged by a tradesman’s assistant with cheating him out of a florin. On the table in front of the Judge were corpora delicti, consisting of a number of papers covered with hieroglyphics, two volumes of the ‘ Babylonian Talmud,’ and a bundle of circulars, which ran thus;—“l can read the name, occupation, past, and future, of any man in his face. I can read his thoughts and give him good advice, particularly in matters concerning love, conjugal happiness, different illnesses, and travelling.” The first question put to the prisoner invited him to state precisely the nature of his profession. Prisoner: I am a “thought - reader.” There are no secrets for me. By means of mathematics I can read every body’a thoughts. That is the so-called “Talmudian art.”_ I am now writing an important work which will shortly be published. Judge : Is that the way you make your living ?—Prisoner: Yes, certainly. Can you give the Court a specimen of your art?— Why not? Then tell me how many documents there are in this drawer where I have my hand. —A little patience, please. Now, take part of the papers and put them on one side, and let me then cast a glance at the remainder. There—how many have you put aside ? Judge: Fifteen. Prisoner (without a moment’s hesitation): Then there are thirty-one altogether. Judge ; Quite right; you have guessed correctly. Hereupon followed an altercation between the plaintiff and the prisoner, after which the Bench entered into a brief consultation. When the Judge was about to pronounce sentence the accused exclaimed : “I have read his thoughts again; he is going to send me to prison for four days !” Judge: Quite so. Right again. You will go ot gaol for four days. Call the next case.
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Real “Thought-reading.”, Evening Star, Issue 8035, 11 October 1889
Real “Thought-reading.” Evening Star, Issue 8035, 11 October 1889
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