Either a genuine “seeker,” or the greatest con-artist of his time.
Count Alessandro Cagliostro (1743-1795) was an Italian adventurer and magician. He was implicated in the affair of the diamond necklace, imprisoned, acquitted, and banished. He was an international celebrity, an exponent of Masonic mysteries and a student of Mesmer and the art of hypnotism. He had a huge following.