Monday, February 26, 2007

Looks like fun, where can I get one?


What are they doing?
Enter your guess, and tell me the name of this thing.

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Here is another pic of this thing.


It's old, it's hypnotic. Who made it? What did they do with it? Why did people love this thing?


























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115 comments:

Ignacio Fusilier said...

I guess it pictures one of those "animal magnetism" experiences guided by Mr. Mesmer...amI right?

marysing said...

A vibrator...

John Scott Lewinski said...

It's Anton Mesmer's invention for hypnotizing people using magnetic fields. People held on to those rods for their "magnetism" to go under. Years later, it became obvious that all the equipment wasn't necessary

Nancy Anderson-Louie said...

Is it a picture of Mesmers Bacquet filled with magnetic water?

Karen Humphrey said...

That would be Anton Mesmer's "Magnetic Baquet". Mesmer is considered the "father of hypnosis", though he called it "animal magnetism" early on in his career. The idea behind it is that there is a magnet inside, immersed in water. The magnetism generated projects out through those metal (iron I believe?) rods that the women are holding. Since they are holding them, they are experiencing this magnetic force that is supposed to put them into trance. Some believe that it was much more Mesmer's charm and seductive abilities that induced trance -- notice they are all women? Of course they loved it, trance is a wonderful feeling.

Mesmer may have been off in several regards concerning hypnosis, but you gotta love him for starting the whole ball of twine. =)

Anonymous said...

I think it's a battery and they liked to hold the thingies coming out of it because they got a charge out of it (maybe it vibrated--if it were rhythmic, it'd be hypnotic, wouldn't it?).

Tabby

Anonymous said...

Built by Franz Anton Mezmer to hold magnetic force which he used in magnetizing or Mesmerizing groups of faithful followers. So thats where you got the idea!

Jez said...

This tank is, I believe, one of Mesmer's devices that he used in his healing processes. Mesmer would treat 30 patients in a vat filled with two or three layers of bottles of magnetized water at the bottom. The neck of each bottle pointed to the center and bent iron rods were inserted into perforations in the lid covering the entire container so that they could be applied to the affected body par. A rope was used for this also. Patients were placed face to face whenever possible, as close as possible to each other touching thighs, knees and feet as much as possible so that the magnetic fluid could continually circulate. Singing and harmonicas accompanied this. Often patients would cough, spit, feel heat or pain, or be rocked by convulsions lasting five hours (these were carried into adjoining room padded on all sides). Mesmer wore a lilac silk coat and carried a long iron wand with which he would touch the patient's bodies. He also magnetized then with his eyes, the laying on of his hands, or putting his fingers into a pyramid shape passing his hands, lightly all over patient's body beginning with the head. He would continue this until the patient was saturated with healing fluid and swooned from pain or pleasure. He was an early figure in the history of European hypnotism (at least in its application to human patients).

vidi said...

I thought this might be a "baquet".
The device Franz Anton Mesmer invented to treat his patients.
He 'mesmerised' them into being well with his magnetism.

tdaigneault said...

I don't know the name of this thing, but as far as I can tell, it looks like one of those (very) old magnetism devices that helped people partake in the sharing of magnetic energy. I'm no hypnotist, but if memory serves, magnetic passes (with hands) were used to put subjects into a trance, so this might have been used to induce group trances by sharing energy.

MysteryWizard said...

Kinda looks like a Ouija Board.

But it kinda looks like a hookah...

hmmm, a tribunal drum?

A device to decide gets the favors of the lady?

Those are my best guesses... all hypnotic!

Joe@BachelorLifestyle.com

Anonymous said...

It has to do with sexual issues.

Tabby said...

I think it's a battery/vibrator. People liked to hold the thingies coming out of it because they got a charge out of it. If it vibrates rhythmically, that'd be hypnotic, wouldn't it?

vincent said...

When Mesmer first set up his Salon in a large rented mansion in the Place Vendome, there was no lack of interest. His reputation had preceded him, and there were many wealthy patients to be seen at high fees, as well as those who would pay less. After several months, he moved to a house in the village of Ceteil, just a few miles from Paris, and it was here that the famous baquet made its first appearance.

Mesmer and his baquet filled with iron rodsThe baquet, a large round oak barrel about the height of a low table, enabled people to sit around it who then had access to the movable iron rods that pierced its cover. The lower ends of the rods located into the vessels of magnetised water, and each vessel itself immersed in water containing iron filings, glass filaments and some other material. Variations included cords to replace the rods, and sand to replace the water.

This contraption made it possible for Mesmer and his assistants to treat a number of patients together a form of group therapy. Patients sat around the baquet, holding hands to assist the circulation of the 'magnetic fluid', and bringing the affected parts into contact with the rods or cords. Anton Mesmer would move among them, resplendent in his lilac silk robe, sometimes talking quietly and from time to time making passes with his iron wand or hands. He would also 'fix the patient with his penetrating eyes'. There would usually be some appropriate piano music and, just occasionally, Mesmer himself would play his glass armonica.

Dan Paris said...

Hi Wendi!

That is a "baquet".

Used my Anton Mesmer to convey Magnetism.

Carl said...

I'm guessing the machine in the picture is an "exotic" hypnotic induction machine.

Reg Aubry said...

Wendy, if this is related to hypnotism, then I'm guessing it's a Mesmer fluid condenser.

B said...

The Mesmer baquet/Mesmer tub was made back in the 1700s by Franz Anton Mesmer. It was used as a healing device and was developed so he could heal many people per session...something like that. LOL
How did I do?

Ian said...

Is it a very early mind machine (self-hypnosis induction machine)? No matter what it is interesting looking for sure.

Kent Ogletree said...

This is Mesmer's Tub, used in his "treatment" for hystaria!!

Tigger said...

mesmer's tub ... being hypnotized

jozuk@att.net .. due to spammer would prefer if address could be removed if possible

Jonathan said...

It's a baquet, used by Franz Mesmer in the late 1700's to cure people of physical and mental ailments through a collective process.

I went Googling to find out what it was, and the best description was on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Mesmer

Glad you had a full pic of it to show. I really admire the craftmanship.

Jonathan
TheMicksterMonster@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Looks like a nitrous oxide generator, and the people in the picture are having an NO2 party.

gilkey@pharmacy.arizona.edu

J.P. said...

I'm pretty sure that is a device used by Franz Mesmer called the baquet. When his popularity grew too large to treat all his potential clients individually, he introduced this device which had iron rods submerged in a liquid solution that was supposed to conduct "animal magnetism" to his patients. Very efficient, that Mesmer.

vincent said...

Mesmer and his baquet filled with iron rodsThe baquet, a large round oak barrel about the height of a low table, enabled people to sit around it who then had access to the movable iron rods that pierced its cover. The lower ends of the rods located into the vessels of magnetised water, and each vessel itself immersed in water containing iron filings, glass filaments and some other material. Variations included cords to replace the rods, and sand to replace the water.

This contraption made it possible for Mesmer and his assistants to treat a number of patients together a form of group therapy. Patients sat around the baquet, holding hands to assist the circulation of the 'magnetic fluid', and bringing the affected parts into contact with the rods or cords. Anton Mesmer would move among them, resplendent in his lilac silk robe, sometimes talking quietly and from time to time making passes with his iron wand or hands. He would also 'fix the patient with his penetrating eyes'. There would usually be some appropriate piano music and, just occasionally, Mesmer himself would play his glass armonica.

Philip Goodrich said...

It is baquet used by "Dr" Franz Mesmer. It was used to restore the correct magnetic flow of a persons body. I read about this years ago when I read a book about the History of Hypnosis.
He was essentially hypnotizing people and therefore getting results. The prove of this device was that people were "cured".

Anonymous said...

Whoops - duhhhh - that should be N2O; breathing NO2 will kill you.

gilkey@pharmacy.arizona.edu

Linda Broberg said...

Hi Wendi,

It's called a baquet. Created by Franz Anton Mesmer. It was supposed to balance the magentic fluid he believed ran through the body...or something like that.

There's a movie starring one of my favorite actors, Alan Rickman, about Mesmer's life...called, Mesmer.

Great question! :)

~Linda

David said...

Mesmer's Tub, i know it from some other site, my e-mail is thetwacker@gmail.com, David Pudlo

TheGoGoBoy said...

Mesmer's Tub, It was supposed to aid in healing people through magnetism and electricity, it was made by Franz Mesmer, an Austrian physician,

shee3380 said...

I believe it's an Ice Cream maker. They are waiting for it to be done in the Picture.

TheGoGoBoy said...

Mesmer's Tub, It was supposed to aid in healing people through magnetism and electricity. It was made by Franz Mesmer.

shee3380 said...

I believe it's an Ice Cream maker. They are waiting for it to be done in the Picture.

Anonymous said...

Best guess is that it is an early version of the vibrator. Most likely its an electical stimulation device to break about the female organism. You have to remember that hypnosis started as a treatment for "hysteria", which I guess was the old version of PMS. Later the early version of the Christian Scientists got a hold of the idea. Most likely it worked better than your Hypno Mojo.

dfadfa said...

I do blive this 'machine' was used to induce hynosis via 'magnetism'.

As people were expecting to be hypnotized, they woudl by seeing the person accross from them 'go under'.

This, like the candle or the watch or simply 'listen to mey voice' or 'look into my eyes' works well IF the particpant is a good subject for hypnosis. If not, nothing will happen.

david E Dreyer said...

The thing as you put it is a device used by franz anton mesmer using magnetics. He used this and the women would gather around and they would touch the metel rods and that would bring on the hypnosis. Of course his methods did work, but the men folk of the time did not like it one bit. So I guess I do not know what the name of it is. davidedreyer@yahoo.com

Sylvia said...

My guess is that these are some of Mesmer's pieces of magnetic equipment - the tub especially looks like something he used. I think it was filled with glass and iron filings and people sat around it holding onto it while he put them into trance.

sparkklegirl said...

This gadget called a “Baquet” was created by the man who was considered to be the father of hypnotism, Austrian Franz Anton Mesmer, from whom the word “mesmerize” comes from.

This tub was made of oak, filled with magnetized water, iron filings and glass. The participants grasped iron rods while holding hands while being healed.

The truth about the gadget is that it wasn’t the thing that induced the healing but the flamboyant shows that Mesmer created while music was played while Mesmer spoke dramatically to the participants and guiding them into trance.

Mesmer never realized that it was his words, not the Baquet that influenced his patients to be cured.

janetconnors@comcast.net said...

Looks like an oxygen party to me--Years ago they did this thinking it would be good for their health I believe.

Rebecca said...

It's Mesmer's baquet!
He would imbue it with his animal magnetism so he could treat several people at a time...people loved it because they believed it was a panacea that would end all human suffering...*sigh*...if only....

crwalter2003 said...

It is Franz Anton Mesmer's baquet, or tub filled with iron filings and mesmerized water. It was used to transfer therapeutic magnetism to patient's bodies, where it was intended to dissolve and break up any obstructions to the free circulation of their own magnetic fluid.

Charles

Jim Blevons said...

A Mesmer vat...a device with mineral water in bottles within and ropes attached for subjects to hold. Used in the treatment of various ills and potentially for a group.

Jim Blevons said...

One slight modification...magnetized water...not mineral water. Still a vat in any case.

PianoMan said...

It's called Mesmer's Tub or "The Baquet" he used it to send electricity through people to heal them.

Lawrence said...

I believe its an oak barrel called a baquet created by a man named Franz Mesmer. It had containers of "magnetized water" there were submerges in water with iron fillings and other materials. Several iron rods sticking through the top of it and into the containers inside.

People would sit round it holding a rod to the part of their boddy that was afflicted by something and holding hands to circulate the "magnetic fluid" though each other. The theory being that a disturbance in this fluid would cause illness. Mesmer would walk around in silk robes, speaking quietly and would make passes with his on iron rod to help heal the patients.

Hope that made sense!

P said...

The object is Anton Mesmer's "bacquet" used to "mesmerize" by spraying magnetic rays on the subjects.

Pramod

Anonymous said...

It's an ice cream maker, of course!
Any penguin can clearly see that!
Dan C.
Placerville

kittoi said...

It is a baquet and was invented by none other than Mesmer himself! It's Mesmerizing!

Alexx said...

Hi, um I hope I'm not spoiling this for anyone but I guess I'm supposed to answer here?

I found the tub here:
http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/21/turner.php
and a few other places once I knew what it's called..


Anyway this was Franz Anton Mesmer's baquet he believed hypnosis had to do with (animal)magnetism, and if the body was out of balance with the energy of the rest of the cosmos a person would get sick. So the cure would be to rebalance that "magnetic fluid" in the body. The barrel was Mesmers' idea of group therapy and it had something in it like water or sand or glass bits and metal shavings (or some of all of that) and it had wires and metal rods comming out of it that people tied to whatever part of the body ailed them, then held hands with each other to complete the "electric circuit".. Mesmer saw himself as a conduit I guess and used his hands in front of people and he would walk around and talk to people do the eye fixation thing (mesmerizing) and have someone play nice music (or play the glass armonica he played himself).. I would imagine that in a time where sick people were pretty much guineepigs and women as a rule were bored silly this would be very nice and I guess it absolutely beats shock therapy or any of the other "medical treatments" at the time :)
Hope this is right lol english isn't my native language

:)

Anonymous said...

It's one of Anton Mesmer's "magnetic" treatment devices. This looks like a portable unit. Some were like hot tubs that could hold 6 people. The water in the barrel is "magnetized".

Luis Vas vasluis@hotmail.com said...

That's Anton Mesmer mesmerising the two ladies. The object behind them(and also in the picture below) is the tub or baquette he used for the purpose. I suggest you go to site www.abbefaria.com and check the pictorial biography of a remarkable but largely unknown hypnotist from Goa, India.

Anonymous said...

It's one of Anton Mesmer's "magnetic" treatment devices. This looks like a portable unit. Some were like hot tubs that could hold 6 people. The water in the barrel is "magnetized".

salome said...

Is it a baquet? A baquet was a vessel filled with iron filings and mesmerized water. Metal rods made of iron were submerged in the water and curved up and out of the top of the vessel. Patients held onto the rod in order to transfer the magnetism from the water to their bodies, thereby clearing obstructions in their bodies.

neils said...

The machine is a Baquet invented by Franz Mesmer for collective treatments.Neils Thorarinsson
neilsviv@gmail.com

Joshua said...

It looks like Mesmer's device for using his 'magnetism' on more than one person. The people hold the wires, which conduct the magnetism to them, and they proceed to go into fits or somnambulism and get cured. Or at least feel really good and energetic.

Benjamin Franklin and some others came over and investigated Mesmer and his magnetic stuff and pooh poohed it as all being "just" suggestion. ;)

So what do I win? :p

Anonymous said...

The picture you are asking about is a magnetic accumulater to magnetize those who come in contact with its connectors

eris said...

It's Franz Mesmer's baquet. It's designed to treat bunches of people at once with the flow of "magnetism." Mesmer came up with it as a sort of economy of scale.

eris said...

It's called a baquet. Franz Mesmer created it to treat many patients at the same time.

Ken Hoffman said...

I believe that it is an old time distilery (thing that they used to make alcohol.)

Susielynn80 said...

I would say it's the machine invented by Mesmer that would "heal" people using magnetic fluids. People would gather 'round, hold the rods and generate the desired results. It was later determined that this was not necessary. But, Mesmer is considered to be the Father of Hypnosis.

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Hedgewizard said...

A Nitrous Oxide hookah! As a disinhibitor, it would make hypnotizing someone *much* easier....

musicalmichelle said...

I think these are pictures are of a "baquet", an early hypnotic device created by an Austrian physician named Franz Anton Mesmer in the late 18th century. This device used water, iron rods, and rope to regulate magnetic forces within patients' bodies and put them into a trance.

musicalmichelle said...

I think these are pictures are of a "baquet", an early hypnotic device created by an Austrian physician named Franz Anton Mesmer in the late 18th century. This device used water, iron rods, and rope to regulate magnetic forces within patients' bodies and put them into a trance

Barbara Geisler said...

It is a French Baquet designed by Franz Anton Mesmer. Patients sat around the vats in communal groups holding a metal orglass rod, or a copper thread with the other end pushed into the vats - creating animal magneticism, curing physical ailments, psychomatic illness, & resulting in involuntary orgasmic responses "estatic catharsis", violent convulsions, cries and laughter.

Anonymous said...

This is Franz Mesmer's "baquet" designed to work with "magn├ętism animal" incorrectly called animal magnetism. It is more closely related to the idea of Latin animus, i.e. breath.

Susielynn80 said...

It's a magnetic machine invented by Mesmer. People sat around the vat holding onto the rods and "shared" a magnetic field..It was based on the universal magnetic fluid that we all have. It was used to heal people.

Aaron said...

A transference drum to amplify and transfer pulses (and impulses) from one person to another. Enabling a transference of physical signs of trance from one subject to another.

Kinsey said...

This is Anton Mesmer's Baquet.

Hugh Cole said...

It's called a bacquet or a tub. Developed by Anton Mesmer the person generally credited for "Animal Magnetism". Mesmer congruently believed tht a Magnetic force hypnotized and healed people who would hold on to the handles of the tub. It worked with most folks who developed a sufficient rapport with him.

Anonymous said...

Mesmer believed, and it is true even today, that our bodies are magnatized and an imbalance in this magnetic energy caused many illnesses. This could be "fixed" by rebalancing the magetic energy with the bacquet. He would hypnotize the patients into believing this would cure them and when the "procedure" was done the patients felt very much better. The faces of the ladies are an indication of being under hypnosis. Not to be outdone, many gentlemen also had this procedure done at the time.

Becky Wright said...

I would say that it was probably a magnet or something electrical possibly something that put out electrical or physical vibrations

Robert Lamar said...

The picture is of Franz Anton Mesmer's (1734-1815) "Baquet," a large oaken tub which was filled with bottles containing, what was publicized as, magnetized water. The iron rods which projected from the top of the baquet supposedly gave off "magnetic rays" which would, in effect, influence (induce trance) in people. This was what Mesmer called Animal Magnetism. Though sounding very strange today, Mesmer's theory was the first step towards discovering the true power that lies in suggestion and the effect that suggestion can have on people.

Antony said...

Mesmer Baquet - a large tub of water that contains iron filings. It was claimed to hold curative magnetic fluid or current and was used in conjunction with what Mesmer called "Animal Magnetism".

Oscar said...

Anton Mesmer's Magnetizer

MG said...

Looks like something everybody is sipping wine out of, those tubes are like straws . . .

:P

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure that's Mesmer's baquet. His patients would hold the iron rods coming out of it, and soak their feet in a tub of water, believing that the magnetism was flowing through their bodies and curing their ails.

Cosmo said...

That would be Anton Mesmer's "Magnetic Baquet". Mesmer is considered the "father of hypnosis", though he called it "animal magnetism" early on in his career. The idea behind it is that there is a magnet inside, immersed in water. The magnetism generated projects out through those metal (iron I believe?) rods that the women are holding. Since they are holding them, they are experiencing this magnetic force that is supposed to put them into trance.

bernaldez_maiden@hotmail.com said...

BAQUET DE MESMER

lunarmjk in burlingame said...

Wow - everyone is so quick !!!
It is Mesmer's Baquet. The tub is filled with 'mesmerized' water and iron filings. The participants would apply the rods to the ailing parts of their body to free up blockage and put their own magnitism in line.
The experience was sometimes enhanced with the use of Franklin's musical device a glass armonica.
Use of the baquet sometimes caused a 'crisis' and the participant would be carried off to a crisis room.
The whole thing sounds like it would be a lot of fun !

Trelligan said...

Mesmer, who invented 'animal magnetism' used a 'baquet' (french for bucket) in his later experiments.
His work inspired the true study of hypnosis - probably to explain the results he did get.

Anonymous said...

Mesmer's Bacquet - His theroy was very interesting basing healing with laws of planetary cosmos stating that that sickness was caused by the obstruction of the free flow of radiant fluid in the body and that he could restore a natural equilibrium in his patients with the powers of his own animal magnetism. To transfer this healing current, Mesmer would sit with patients' legs squeezed between his knees, press their thumbs in his hands, stare intensely into their eyes, and stroke their limbs to manipulate their internal ether. Looking closely at this process it appeared to be nothing more then his conceived method to mass hypnotize his subjects. Today, we can use similar methods without the use of a device. Mass hypnosis can be achieved through methods of confusion and making the use of creating an image in the minds of subjects leading to hypnosis. I find his device interesting but crude. Steven Barlett

PokerRules said...

It's Mesmer's Tub ... or baquet. The women fancy Mesmer as he was a bit of a superstar of the day, so they are totally compliant in going into trance via his animal magnetism healing machine.
I've invented an updated version. If any ladies out there want to just hold onto this rod which channels my animal magnetism, I can guarantee that one of us will go into a trance.

Good top article if you google mesmer baquet.

Dr. Troy said...

I would think that what the item is called is a "baguet", created by Franz Mesmer, and made popular in the 1770's.
He convinced people that it was the source of a curative magnetic fluid or current and a trance state he named "animal magnetism". In reality though, it was little more than a large tub of water filled with iron filings.

Wacky Jacky said...

This looks like one of Franz Mesmer's magnetic healing devices.

Stan said...

That would be Mesmers Baquet. It was used to work with multiple people at a time. Of course the fluid, tubes and rope turned out to not be needed.

phil_stone22 said...

It's a Baquet from Anton Mesmer, a large round oak barrel about the height of a low table, enabled people to sit around it who then had access to the movable iron rods that pierced its cover. The lower ends of the rods located into the vessels of magnetised water, and each vessel itself immersed in water containing iron filings, glass filaments and some other material. Variations included cords to replace the rods, and sand to replace the water.

Brigette said...

Yep, it's Mesmer's vat.

Anonymous said...

The women in the picture are being mesmerized and the device is one of Mesmer's for treating multiple people at a time. 'Mesmerism' became so popular in France at the time that he had more people than he could see individually. So he used these devices to treat multiple people at the same time.

Sally said...

It's Mesmer's animal magnetism machine, as used on the French aristocracy (he was denounced as a charlatan by the scientific establishment of the time...).

Will said...

It's Franz Mesmer's tub. In Paris, Dr. Mesmer set up a lavish establishment where his patients sat holding hands around this wooden tub of liquid, iron filings, and glass powder from which projected jointed metal rods to touch the ailing parts of their bodies. In the background, from behind curtains covered with astrological symbols, a glass harmonica played sweet, heavenly tones that soothed the patients. Then Messmer, in a long purple robe, would enter and touch the afflicted with a white wand, enhancing the magnetic potency of the "universal fluid" and sending them into a trance from which they awakened cured. The healing seance went on for hours, amid a growing tension accompanied by shouts, tears, hysterical laughter, and convulsions.

Jade said...

It's most certainly is the creation of Franz Anton Mesmer.

Mesmer treated very rich and very poor people. For the less well-off he ‘magnetised’ a tree from which hung ribbons or cords for his followers to hold and receive his magnetic therapy.

Another method he used was to fill a large tub with water, containing bottles of iron filings. Protruding out of the tub were iron rods which the common-folk held onto. Many of the patients had violent seizures or fell into deep sleeps which could cure many different kinds of ailments.

vincent said...

a picture of Mesmers Bacquet filled with magnetic water?

Solarscape said...

I guess there is not a lot of point of putting my answer here now as everyone has got it!

Anonymous said...

Having forgotten about Mesmer,
my thoughts went to an electricity
generator where in those holding the wands or wires would get a mild charge out of the session.
I enjoyed reading the research others have done.

Susielynn80 said...

HaHa!! I have enjoyed reading some of the posts! I like the idea of it being a giant vibrator! That is hilarious! (To treat hysteria!) Seems like everyone had fun with this one! :)

Anonymous said...

It is a device created by Franz Anton Mesmer being used as an animal magnetism group experience. The people felt an ecstatic translike reaction, because they fervently BELIEVED they would. As an aside, it was Louis XVI who launched an investigative panel to explore Mesmer's activities, and ultimately Mesmer was discredited.

john said...

It is a baquet used by Mesmer to hypnotize groups of people.

Jeff said...

This has to be the Mesmer machine. I am not sure how it works but it seems like magic.

Shellie Ruge said...

It's Mesmer's famous "baquet" used to treat women with hysteria or people in general with other maladies.

Karen Nash said...

It's definitely Mesmer's device, the Baquet, which supposedly transmitted Mesmer's animal magnetism through the rods and ropes, under Mesmer's guidance. Those must have been some wild sessions!

refit said...

It's called messmer's tub. Designed to cure ailments via messmerization and magnetic fields.

Nighthawk said...

Mesmers Baquet in action?

Debbie said...

It is a baquet used by Franz Mesmer to mesmerize people using magnatism. It was to heal both mind and body disorders.

alfonso llorente said...

it's a picture of a typical Mesmer SESSION WITH A BUCKET FULL OF WATER then the patients grab with their hands the iron rods guided by Mesmer sometimes they get convulsed in a healing crisis by animal magnetism ...am i right?

cja978 said...

Anton Mesmer used it to heal people of ailments....he magnetized the water, people got in the tub/tank, (mesmerizing-magnetic tank.
They got better because they THOUGHT IT WOULD WORK.

iambp said...

It's a "baquet".
Anton Mesmer used it to convey Magnetism.

Winston said...

I agree with Nacy, it's Mesmer's Bacquet.

Dave said...

brumyslife says it is a device created by Mesmer to heal his clients using magnetism amd electricity. And such was a
precursor to his Mesmeric passes over afflicted parts of the body for the purpose of healing them.
....am I too late for your super secret surprise trance?

Dave said...

brumyslife says it is a device created by Mesmer to heal his clients using magnetism amd electricity. And such was a
precursor to his Mesmeric passes over afflicted parts of the body for the purpose of healing them.
....am I too late for your super secret surprise trance? brumyslife@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

i guess it is gampling machine in the first and second picture .( or hypnosis machine ).and my email address is pepo_pepo458@yahoo.com

imagemagi said...

My fist thought was that it was an over sized bong. But after reading the article that you attached, I would guess that it was a turbine which is turned to create electricty. -Mark

j.gotelee said...

its a bucket (crap french accent) Baquet really used to shock people or women especially into doing as they were told
Used when woman was sick and ventured out of the kitchen,

Anonymous said...

Im not sure but i think it is anton mesmer's Magnetic Bacquet where you put the magnetic rods in the mgnetic water where the women are holding onto. I think its called animal magnetism.
I dont have a blogger so ill justsend you my account in ur website wendi, uhh its either apolmiguel or kabutotubak

Dayna Jean said...

A baguet...or Influencing Machine, orAir Loom...

not to be confused with a loaf of French bread