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Claude Alexander Conlin

(Alexandria, South Dakota: c1872 - 5th August 1954)

Pro mentalist and magician since 1907 as "Alexander, The Man Who Knows" and "Dr. Q". His chief assistants 1915-27 when he closed his full show were the Nartell Twins, Marguerite "Marge" (25th October 1895 - 6th April 1996) and Marie (25th October 1895 - early 1990s). Died in Seattle.

Wrote Life and Mysteries of the Celebrated Dr. Q (1921, 165pp; 3rd repr 1946), a classic. Also wrote Inner Secrets of Psychology. A vaudeville star for 35 years when retired rich in Los Angeles. Sold his show (7 tons) to Bob Nelson who later resold much of it, including the show's title, to Leon Mandrake. See Darryl Beckmann, The Life and Times of Alexander (1994, 380+pp).

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Claude Alexander Conlin
The Life and Mysteries of the Celebrated Dr. Q by Claude Alexander Conlin

The "Dr. Q Book" was the first all-revealing book of professional mentalism. No less an authority than Robert A. Nelson claimed this book to be the greatest and most authoritative book ever written on the subject of stage and private mindreading.

Sadly, the book has been out of print for several years. But no longer. We're happy to announce that a newly revised fourth edition of this classic text is now available. Throughout the book, you'll learn not only techniques and subtlety to obtain the very innermost thoughts of the spectator, but also humorous stories and hard-earned lessons from Dr. "Q", revealed...

2020 / 9 / 28

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Dr. Q's Want Ad Test by Claude Alexander Conlin

Here's Alexander's own method of a stage mentalism feat that borders on genuine clairvoyance. You, too, can be "The Man Who Knows!"

A spectator selects a page of classified ads from among several in the newspaper and perhaps a hundred individual ads are cut out. Half a dozen spectators assist by folding the ads in half and placing them on a tray or table. From among the ads, thirteen are selected at random (a true free choice) and each is inserted into a standard drug or coin envelope and sealed. Note that the performer does not assist in the folding, inserting or sealing operation.


2018 / 10 / 19

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