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


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