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4 A Twisted Tale Of Magnetic Mind Control, Castration, And Twinkies Forgotten History

    • Society & Culture

A late 19th century health guru named Webster Edgerly founded a health club/cult that attracted 800,000 members. His books told his followers that by performing a series of exercises, they could use "personal magnetism" to control the minds of others and communicate telepathically. Today all that remains of this strange social movement is an equally strange house that Edgerly built in Hopewell, NJ. We interview archaeologist Dr. Janet Six, the world's foremost expert on Edgerly and the Ralston Health Club. Six lived in Edgerly's former home and studied the remains of Ralston Heights, where Edgerly attempted to establish a utopian community and "create a new race."

A late 19th century health guru named Webster Edgerly founded a health club/cult that attracted 800,000 members. His books told his followers that by performing a series of exercises, they could use "personal magnetism" to control the minds of others and communicate telepathically. Today all that remains of this strange social movement is an equally strange house that Edgerly built in Hopewell, NJ. We interview archaeologist Dr. Janet Six, the world's foremost expert on Edgerly and the Ralston Health Club. Six lived in Edgerly's former home and studied the remains of Ralston Heights, where Edgerly attempted to establish a utopian community and "create a new race."

50 min

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