Thursday, 21 March 2013

Help identify this mystic please?


I was looking over the shoulder of someone in the pub last night, as they were reading a little booklet on the history of an area of Bath called Bathwick, when I noticed this photo, taken in the graveyard of a now defunct church in the parish.

At first, I thought that the picture of the grave of Mary Lawrence had been taken because of the face you can see peering eerily out of it through the stains on the surface, but there seemed to be no mention of it, but then again I did not see any obvious reason to include that particular memorial stone in the booklet in any case.

The very distinct face reminded me of someone - someone in particular, and I knew I had seen the image before.

This morning I now remember that the face on the stone is an exact likeness of some British astrologer or mystic who used to advertise in the backs of cheap magazines - the sort you find lying about in launderettes and doctor's surgeries when you have nothing better to read - like 'Take A Break', for instance.

His face always stuck in my mind, because it was so laughable - a little, long-haired and bearded bloke with hardly any upper lip, doing his damnedest to look mysterious and unfathomably deep in a little advert trying to sell his mystic powers. If he and this picture could be united, even he might start believing in his own mysterious abilities.

Can anyone identify the mystic in the advert, and - ideally - send me a picture of his advert, so I can compare them side by side?

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  1. I think it's Mystic Jean-Claude, my farmer neighbour. It looks just like him!

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  2. Turn it upside down. Creepy.

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  4. When you said that the image reminded you of someone, I thought that you were aiming at John. Shame on me.

    I googled the hell out of it trying to find it, but no such luck. I did find an article, though, on how to become a witch. Something to contemplate.

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    1. Like teaching granny to suck eggs...

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  5. Cheap magazines? Nothing less than Ideal Home for me or Sosmopolitan in the doctor's waiting room so that I can read the sex articles if nobody's looking.

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  6. A miracle! Tongue now where it should be: in cheek - have no time to explain why I didn't follow my very first impression, enjoy the fresh air of being led up the garden path... :-)

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    1. I love enquiries, hence my work about detectives. I found out: having an (semi) eidetic memory I can only recognise this mystic as gorgeous, vivid and upright – never saw him meek, feeble or mousy as on your flier :-)

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    2. Tell me more of your work about detectives?

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  7. I too have Googled my nuts off trying to find the advert, but I guess I'll just have to go and do some laundry, or get my venereal warts seen to - again.

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