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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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