Dr Faust's jokes

    Some similar cases of telepathic translation of false visual information may be found in memoirs of Augustin Lercheimer and Phillip Kamerarius, contemporaries and biographers of the notorious Dr. Faust:
    "Once Faust was having a jolly time with his boon companions in a tavern. Each toast was followed by a whole tankard of wine, as is usual for the Saxons. And it so happened that the servant boy filled his glass too full and it was brimming over. Faust scolded him promising to gobble him up if he did so once more. The boy laughed at his words: 'will you really?' and poured him another tankard like that. At that moment everybody saw Faust opening his jaws so wide that the boy disappeared between them. Then he grasped a tab of water and upset it into his throat with the words: 'a good meal should be followed by a good drink'. When asked to return the boy Faust said that the poor thing might be found behind the stove. The lad really was there, drenched to the skin and frightened to death. He swore to have seen a devil pouring a tab of water over his head and throwing him behind the stove. The same devil must have shown everything to us in such a way that we saw Faust gobbling up the boy" (Augustin Lercheimer von Steinfelden. "Christich Bedenken und Erinnerung von Zauberei". 1585).
    "Once Faust's friends who had heard of his witchcraft asked him to demonstrate them his power. They insisted he should present them a vine with plenty of ripe bunches of grapes, for they cherished a naive thought that (as winter was at its height) he would be unable to do that. Faust agreed and promised to provide what they wanted for the table immediately but warned them not to say a word and sit still until he allows them to touch the grapes: otherwise they would expose themselves to a great danger.
    Then he used his sorcery and so masterfully hazed over their minds and senses that the whole jolly crew saw a luxurious vine with sumptuous juicy grapes on it, and the number of bunches coincided with the number of those present at the table. Everybody were holding his knife fast, ready to cut his bunch of grapes at the first Faust's command. Having kept them for quite a long time in such vain expectation, Faust took off the spell and the exuberant vine turned into mist, leaving the naive drunkards with knives lifted over their own noses, so that they realised well that if any of them were to disobey Faust and 'taste' the grapes before his command he would have found himself cutting his own nose"
("Operae horarum subcisivarum". Francof., 1602, p. 314).

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