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Evans, Henry Ridgely

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(1861-1949) US amateur magician, journalist and author, much of whose career was spent investigating (and in general debunking) occult lore and religious bodies, including Theosophy. Edgar Allan Poe and Baron von Kempelen's Chess-Playing Automaton (1939) analyses the famous chess-playing machine (operated in fact by a human inside the apparatus), which Edgar Allan Poe speculated about in an essay, "Maelzel's Chess Player" (April 1836 Southern Literary Messenger). Evans is of some sf interest for The House of the Sphinx: A Novel (1907), in which an Egyptian occultist uses a Time Viewer to entrap his victims, whom he also hypnotizes (see Hypnosis) and secrets away in bad places like the eponymous English mansion. [JC]

Henry Ridgely Evans

born Baltimore, Maryland: 7 November 1861

died Baltimore, Maryland: 1949

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