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Dark Secrets of the Oracle-Monger (issue #45)

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Junior Skeptic can be found within this issue of Skeptic magazine.

in this issue

Dark Secrets of
the Oracle-Monger
  • Ancient Schemer, Ancient Skeptic
  • Portrait of a Con Artist
  • Trustworthy Sources?
  • Oracles
  • Hatching a God
  • Revealing Glycon
  • Networks of Spies
  • More Scammer Secrets
  • Tricks and Troubles
  • Testing the Oracle

Written by Daniel Loxton. Cover by Daniel Loxton. Interior art by Daniel Loxton and Jim WW Smith.

from the Introduction


I’m Daniel, the Editor of Junior Skeptic. In this issue, we’ll look at a mystery from almost 2000 years ago!

As you probably know, not every person who claims to have special powers is honest. For example, some people pretend to be able to see into the future when they really use trickery instead. That’s true today, and it was in the time of the ancient Roman Empire. How did such tricks work then—and has anything changed? Let’s find out!

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