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Author and magician-turned-experimental psychologist Matthew L. Tompkins shows us how magicians and psychics in the 18th century used deception to blur the lines between our world and the supernatural.

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Lucinda Hawksley, author of 'Bitten by Witch Fever,' will talk about wallpaper, fashion, medical mystification and serial poisoners, about death by arsenic and how it became a constant topic in Victorian newspapers.

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'The Spectacle of Illusion' is the official book accompanying the Wellcome Collection’s new exhibition 'Smoke and Mirrors'. The exhibition opened 11 April 2019, and you can prepare yourself for going to the exhibition by reading an extract from the book here.

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