Shakespeare was a debunker

Henry IV Part One, Act III, Scene 1:

Owen Glendower: I can call spirits from the vasty deep.

Henry “Hotspur” Percy: Why, so can I, or so can any man;
But will they come when you do call for them?

Here, Hotspur neatly refutes his cousin-by-marriage Glendower’s pretentious brag with a fine skeptic’s rebuttal. I was reminded of this exchange from this case from last month: A so-called tantrik employer of black magic claimed to be able to kill any man with a curse within three minutes, and the challenge was taken up on live TV.

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