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Is Nicolas Cage a Civil War vampire?

As the owner of Bloom Creatives, Caroline Gutierrez Goddard tells stories with words and photos -- and as such, is a regular contributor here at SheKnows.

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A photo from the Civil War era looks eerily like Nicolas Cage, leading many to wonder if the actor has otherworldly powers.

Nicolas Cage vampire photo

Nicolas Cage has admitted to some interesting proclivities, but is vampirism among them? The Trespass actor may actually walk among the undead, says an antique photograph dealer.

An eBay auction offered this photograph for sale, bearing an eerie resemblance to the actor. Coincidence? Or is Nicolas Cage a vampire? The dealer thinks the latter.

The listing states:

"Original c.1870 carte de visite showing a man who looks exactly like Nick Cage. Personally, I believe it's him and that he is some sort of walking undead / vampire, et cetera, who quickens / reinvents himself once every 75 years or so. 150 years from now, he might be a politician, the leader of a cult, or a talk show host.

This is not a trick photo of any kind and has not been manipulated in Photoshop or any other graphics program. It's an original photo of a man who lived in Bristol, TN sometime around the Civil War.

I've had a lot of questions asking where I purchased this. As followers of my website know, I collect antique memorial photography -- images of dead people -- from the 1800s. This photo was found in the very back of album that contained an unusual number of Civil War era death portraits (which is why I purchased it). All of the other people in the album, living and dead, were identified by name -- this man was not.

Photographer is Professor G.B. Smith. A contact of mine forwarded this interesting article (link) about the photographer, Smith. Turns out he was a confederate Civil War prisoner of war photographer.

Guaranteed to be an original 1860s-70s photograph and not a modern reproduction, copy or photo manipulation."

The sales listing has since disappeared from eBay. Nicolas Cage actually played a wannabe member of the undead in the 1988 flick Vampire's Kiss, as well as a warlock in The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Obviously the Fudgsicle-wielding intruder is the head vampire come to collect Cage back to the coven.

Image courtesy The Thanatos Archive

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