The Man Who Knows


Born Claude Conlin, Alexander performed as a mind reader during the height of the vaudeville era. His life of crooked deals, many marriages, murders, and celebrity status is the stuff of lore in the world of magic. He made millions as droves of people lined up to see him affix his eyes to a crystal ball and with certainty, utter the events of the future. This lithograph poster of Alexander, printed in 1915, hangs on the walls of Tannen’s Magic Shop. Imagine walking down the dirty streets of a Midwest city in the roaring twenties, only to look up and find a brick wall covered with this poster. Alexander’s hypnotic eyes on display. You’d find yourself with a ticket in hand that night or disappointed that you don’t. If there was ever one for the students of magic to both revere and detest it must be Alexander.