Blog Archives for March 2017

A Brief Biography of “Magnetic Healer” H.N. Wheelock

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 28, 2017

As presented elsewhere (Nickell 2017), I acquired for my collection a trade card of nineteenth-century “Magnetic Healer” H.N. Wheelock. To learn more about him, I researched various sources, including an authoritative Wheelock genealogy (Sullivan 2017). CFI Libraries Director Tim Binga greatly assisted with this project, tracking Wheelock through federal and state censuses and other records. Here is what we discovered.

Rare Trade Card of “Magnetic Healer”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 24, 2017

The Victorian trade card (a forerunner of the later business card), pictured here, is graced by the engraved portrait and facsimile signature of H.N. Wheelock. He is described on the reverse as a “Mental and Vital Magnetic Healer”—that is, one who treated both mind and body. “WILL THOU BE MADE WHOLE?” he asks.

Unique Quassia Cup: Made Its Own Medicine!

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 10, 2017

The cures were in the wood of this nineteenth-century medicinal goblet. It supposedly turned ordinary water into a powerful tonic for treating fever and numerous other ailments.


Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
March 01, 2017

More funny riddles from a skeptical view.