An invaluable relic of early-19th-century Americana, this collection of spells, incantations, and remedies is an example of that fascinating blend of Christian prayer and folk magic known as "hoodoo," which is still practiced in some areas of Pennsylvania Dutch country. rn rn In this classic work, first published in the German language in 1820 and translated into English in 1828, folk enchanter JOHN GEORGE HOHMAN-about whom little is known except that he was a German immigrant to America-shares his secret magic for:rn rn . curing hystericsrn . protecting oneself against slanderrn . attaching a dog to a personrn . making a wand for searching for iron or waterrn . preventing malicious persons from doing injuryrn . curing the poll-evil in horsesrn . mending broken glassrn . making cattle return homern . destroying rats and micern . making a candle wick that is never consumedrn . charming guns and other armsrn . and much more.