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The Life, Adventures, and Unparalleled Sufferings of Andrew Oehler

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The Life, Adventures, and Unparalleled Sufferings of Andrew Oehler
AuthorAndrew Oehler
Publication Date1811

The Life, Adventures, and Unparalleled Sufferings of Andrew Oehler : containing an account of his travels through France, Italy, the East and West Indies, and part of the United States, his imprisonment in France, Germany and Spain, and the latitude, soil, climate, productions, manners and customs of the different countries.[1]

Andrew Oehler (1781-?) started out building and exhibiting hot-air balloons then became a conjuror doing a Ghost Show similar to the Phantasmagoria shows. He claims he was arrested as a sorcerer in Mexico where he was thrown into jail which was located underground and stayed for six months in solitary confinement. He retired in 1809 in Trenton, New Jersey and wrote this autobiography.

In Gibecière Vol. 7, No. 1 (2012), Ricky Jay and Enrique Jiménez-Martinez casts doubt on the integrity of many of the stories in his book.


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