This 1873 poster is for the "Mysterious Man," a performer who offered "cabinet effects" like the Davenport Brothers and who also performed slate tricks and escapes. Although he does not identify himself as a Spiritualist performer, his invitation to "come and investigate" is similar to the phrasing on many séance invitations.

From Wonder shows: performing science, magic, and religion in America by Fred Nadis

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    1. This 1873 poster is for the "Mysterious Man," a performer who offered "cabinet effects" like the Davenport Brothers and who also performed slate tricks and escapes. Although he does not identify himself as a Spiritualist performer, his invitation to "come and investigate" is similar to the phrasing on many séance invitations.