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An illusionist’s portable conjuring theatre
French, circa 1885  
Accession No. 2010-83-fr
Great Grandmother’s Legendary Dark Cloud (spirit photograph)
Prussian, mid 1800s
Accession No. 2010-98-po
Magnetizing hand healing apparatus (detail) 
Austrian, c. 1899
Accession No. 2012-2-au
Great-Great Aunt Bronka Katarzyna’s chemical "influence" spells
Prussian, late 1800s
Accession No. 1999-5-pr
Tintype photo-spell #1: for dispelling obstacles & gaining access
English, late 1800s
Accession No. 1983-1-en
Tintype Photo-spell #5: : for alleviating infections and various internal afflictions
English, late 1800s
Accession No. 2113-6-en
Daguerreotype spirit summoner
French, 1843
Accession No. 2014-5-frConjurer’s pot
Prussian, date unknown
Accession No. 2001-4-pr
Conjurer’s pot
Prussian, date unknown
Accession No. 2001-4-pr
Spirit imprint 
Czech, c. 1938 
Accession No. 2001-7-czConjuring crucibles
Czech, 1900
Accession No. 2012-1-cz
Conjuring crucibles
Czech, 1900
Accession No. 2012-1-cz
Household fetishes: “do”-er, extractor, deterger, illuminator, automator, tickler
American, 1962-1965
Accession Nos. 2005-11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17-us
Household fetishes: automator (detail)
American, 1962-1965
Accession Nos. 2005-13-usVictorian pinned effigy (voudou) doll
American, c. 1895
Accession No. 2012-3-us
Victorian pinned effigy (voudou) doll
American, c. 1895
Accession No. 2012-3-us
Tintype X-rayograph of spellcaster’s hand English, 1899
Accession No. 2014-77-enA traveling mesmerist’s toolkit
Prussian, circa 1900
Accession No. 2011-10-prBook of trance verse
English, 1812, author unknown
Accession No. 2011-3-enBook of trance verse
English, 1812, author unknown
Accession No. 2011-3-enBook of trance verse
English, 1812, author unknown
Accession No. 2011-3-en

Alchemistical distillations
Czech, 1888
Accession No. 2000-88-czAlchemistical distillations Fortune teller’s sign	
American, c. 1935
Accession No. 1991-02-usImage of Sorcières d’Eeau/Water Witches with snake 
American, circa 1923
Accession No. 2012-9-us
Crybaby charm
American, c. 1940
Accession No. 2003-5-us
Crybaby charm
American, c. 1940
Accession No. 2003-5-us
Vision of power (electric light)
American, late 1800s
Accession No. 2010-11-usVision of power (electric light)
American, late 1800s
Accession No. 2010-11-usMystic fortune and luck visionary device
French, c. 1921
Accession No. 1997-67-fr
Museum of Mesmerism
The items that you see here are from the collection of The Museum of Mesmerism & Psychic Art, which I established in Bzinica Stara, Poland in 1999. I came upon the Museum location in my search for my ancestral roots in southern Poland in the 1990s. My research led me to the enchanting town of Bzinica Stara, which revealed many secrets of my largely undocumented Polish ancestry. As I explored the town, digging for clues to my family’s origins, my research led me to a mysterious abandoned building, which records indicated was last owned by my great-great aunt, Bronka Katarzyna.

I subsequently discovered that this building was crafted by a mystical order of seers and conjurers that established an outpost in Bzinica Stara centuries ago. They had traveled far north of their origins in what is now southeastern Romania to escape persecution for the practice of their arts. The building was restored and renovated for the museum, revealing many secret chambers, conjuring and spell-casting devices, Mesmeric and illusionist tools, spirit photographs, inexplicable objects, and enigmatic scripts that defy all attempts at translation.

The Museum collection has expanded its scope over the years to include examples of a wider range of psychic practices and phenomena, such as visionary artworks, voodou implements, and hypnotic, trance, mystical, alchemical and related artifacts.

The Museum of Mesmerism is now open to visitors by special arrangement only.

Beverly Rayner
Director and Curator of Collections
The Museum of Mesmerism & Psychic Art
Bzinica Stara, Poland


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