Last year, Philippa Faulks and W:.B:. Robert Cooper published The Masonic Magician: The Life and Death of Count Cagliostro and His Egyptian Rite, the story of the fascinating life of occultist Giuseppe Balsamo, better known to history as Count Alessandro di Cagliostro. After an amazing life of adventures, crimes, intrigues, and inventive tall tales, he was arrested in 1789 by the Inquisition and sentenced to death for the crime of being a Freemason. His sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by Pope Pius VI, and he died in the Fortress of San Leo in 1795.
Dutch musician Corjan de Raaf has just released a song and music video, based on the book about the infamous Count, appropriately titled "Masonic Magician."
If you have wandered into the realm of research over the mysteries of France's Rennes-le-Château, the Priory of Sion and Father Bérenger Saunière, you may have come across de Raaf and his website Rennes-le-Château Research and Resource. If all you know about Rennes and the Priory came out of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, spend some time on de Raaf's huge and expanding website.