Posted 5 years ago
This is an original stone lithograph Alexander poster from my private collection of Magic posters ca. 1915 It is a 3 color lithograph panel poster measuring 14 1/4 x 41 1/2 and is in very good condition. It bears a striking portrait of Alexander's turbaned visage surrounded by skulls, and hovering over a crystal ball.
Alexander was perhaps the most successful professional theatrical mind reader of his generation. He made millions of dollars performing on the grandest vaudeville stages - nearly $240,000. in 1924 alone and retired at age 47.
Alexander Conlin admitted to killing four men, was married seven times, occasionally to more than one woman at a time, spent time in jails and prisons around the U.S. and counted some of the greatest magicians of his time as his close friends.
In 1944, Alexander sold his entire show - props, posters, costumes, etc. to Robert Nelson who ran a successful business supplying mentalists and mind readers. For decades Alexander posters have filtered out into the Magic community and beyond, from Nelson's store rooms.