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an object having polarity (oppositely charged ends) and capable of attracting iron.
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The property of mutual attraction or repulsion possessed by magnets.
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(mag'ne-tizm) [Gr. magnes, magnet, + -ismos, condition]
The property of repulsion and attraction of certain substances that have magnetic properties.
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"A single look will often prove sufficient," he advised, provided that the magnetizer, "by a steady exertion of Compound Volition" could "force his atoms against his patient." (24) In this way, the magnetist's will was "the means of removing every curable disease without any the least assistance from medicine" (de Mainauduc, Lectures 5).
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A master of all the wiles of capitalism and often seen as the inventor of modern advertising techniques himself, Barnum took on capitalism and its "greedy financiers" as one of the "humbugs of the world" about which he warned his readers as much as about "mediums, animal magnetists, [and] religious maniacs." (64) Terence Whalen calls this stance "capitalist irony," which "involves a satiric self-awareness on the part of a narrator who has made a killing in the market, [while] this self-awareness exposes the illusory or arbitrary nature of an entire economic system." (65) Barnum's ludicrous posture towards capitalism contained exactly the kind of irony that Alger attributed to Barnum's attitude towards his own museum in his appearance in Rough and Ready.