Alessandro Cagliostro

1743 - 1795

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Count Alessandro di Cagliostro (US: , Italian: [alesˈsandro kaʎˈʎɔstro]; 2 June 1743 – 26 August 1795) was the alias of the occultist Giuseppe Balsamo (pronounced [dʒuˈzɛppe ˈbalsamo]; in French usually referred to as Joseph Balsamo).Cagliostro was an Italian adventurer and self-styled magician. He became a glamorous figure associated with the royal courts of Europe where he pursued various occult arts, including psychic healing, alchemy and scrying. His reputation lingered for many decades after his death, but continued to deteriorate, as he came to be regarded as a charlatan and impostor, this view fortified by the savage attack of Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) in 1833, who pronounced him the "Quack of Quacks". Later works—such as that of W.R.H. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alessandro Cagliostro has received more than 558,769 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Alessandro Cagliostro is the 9th most popular occultist (up from 28th in 2019), the 371st most popular biography from Italy (down from 1st in 2019) and the most popular Italian Occultist.

Alessandro Cagliostro was an Italian adventurer and self-styled magician. He became a glamorous figure in European high society. Cagliostro was a skilled con artist and self-promoter.

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Among occultists, Alessandro Cagliostro ranks 9 out of 9Before him are Grigori Rasputin, Baba Vanga, John Dee, Aleister Crowley, Count of St. Germain, and Helena Blavatsky. After him are Anton LaVey, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Allan Kardec, Edgar Cayce, Joachim of Fiore, and Éliphas Lévi.

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Among people born in 1743, Alessandro Cagliostro ranks 6Before him are Thomas Jefferson, Antoine Lavoisier, Jean-Paul Marat, Madame du Barry, and Luigi Boccherini. After him are Marquis de Condorcet, Toussaint Louverture, Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria, Martin Heinrich Klaproth, Edmund Cartwright, and Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi. Among people deceased in 1795, Alessandro Cagliostro ranks 2Before him is Louis XVII of France. After him are Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, François-André Danican Philidor, Sayat-Nova, Antoine Quentin Fouquier-Tinville, Carl Michael Bellman, Ahilyabai Holkar, Honoré III, Prince of Monaco, Georg Benda, Samuel Wallis, and Josiah Wedgwood.

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Among people born in Italy, Alessandro Cagliostro ranks 371 out of 4,088Before him are Ancus Marcius (-675), Yves Montand (1921), Monica Bellucci (1964), Pope Felix III (440), Pope John II (470), and Annibale Carracci (1560). After him are Pope Pius I (90), Pope John I (470), Pope Gregory VI (1000), Pope Honorius I (585), Pope Gelasius II (1062), and Pope Mark (290).


Among occultists born in Italy, Alessandro Cagliostro ranks 1After him are Joachim of Fiore (1135).