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Original 1910 Alexander "Crystal Seer" Stone Lithograph Poster

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Keep It Creepy70 of 108Original 1920 "Alexander The Man Who Knows" Stone Lithograph PosterSchoenhut Fan-Tel Fortune Telling Game
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    Posted 5 years ago

    zguy2112
    (110 items)

    This is an original Alexander stone lithograph from my private collection of Magic posters ca. 1910 One of the more stylized elements in most of Alexander's posters is his use of Black backgrounds as shown in this poster. The use of blacks and reds create a more striking and powerful image.

    Perhaps the most unique element in this particular poster is the image within his crystal ball. Images of Birth, Marriage, and Death all portray Alexander's power to see, know, and tell one's complete life span!

    This is a panel sized poster measuring approximately 14" x 41" and is in EXCELLENT condition. This is one of the more scarce Alexander posters to come by.

    Claude "Alexander" Conlin 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 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.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      stunning my friend!!!
    2. zguy2112 zguy2112, 5 years ago
      Thanks SEAN68, LOVE this poster myself!
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      This is so wonderful! Have you watched the Houdini mini-series on History channel? - and sorry, I might have already asked you this.
    4. zguy2112 zguy2112, 5 years ago
      Thank you for the compliment valentino97, it is much appreciated and I am glad you like the poster.

      To answer your question yes, I tuned IN for the first episode of Houdini and tuned OUT for the second night's episode simply because the movie BLEW! Half the story was FICTIONALIZED and the rest of what I saw was just plane BORING! When the Art Direction is better than the story, you know there is a problem! Perhaps the BIGGEST problem was that they made the movie with the intention of releasing it theatrically, however in the end the movie proved to be such a disappointment that only a cable channel wound up buying it! Just a guess, but I have a hunch I am correct. That's my $.02
    5. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 5 years ago
      Its amazing, such a power!
      I think his posters and lithographs were important part in his success.
      Thanks for share!
    6. zguy2112 zguy2112, 5 years ago
      Virginia.vintage, always nice to hear from you girl, thanks for the comment. So glad you love this poster and appreciate it! Hope you are well:)
    7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      Your very welcome zguyz!!
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Sorry I didn't answer this right away. Yes I wondered what you thot of this show. Darn I hoped it was a true bio of his life. Do you have one you could suggest. Harry Houdini was magical! amazing. It's true, I was caught up in the beauty of the production and I wondered...."z will know if this all really happened or not..." Yes, I thought it was a very pretty production.
    9. zguy2112 zguy2112, 5 years ago
      valentino97, again I agree with the production value of the film and the well executed art direction (Props, set dressings, recreated posters without Houdini's face on them, apparatus, etc.) however the film was certainly fictionalized in MANY ways, but this is what Hollywood does. Unfortunately I cannot recommend a better Houdini film since there is not one that has come out yet, the older ones are too dated and a bit cheesy (Paul Micheal Glazer & Tony Curtis versions) but perhaps some day there will be a better version that is both true and entertaining.

      However the Magician that actually has a BETTER story in my opinion, and one that is filled with more drama than Hollywood could ever dream of is the story of Alexander! The Alexander which this very poster above was based on. His story will blow everyone's mind!
    10. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Is there a book on Alexander - and thanks by the way for your research above giving us a glimpse on the killer magician - LOVE it! And he killed it with the ladies too didn't he?
    11. zguy2112 zguy2112, 5 years ago
      valentino97, you are most welcome for the information. I am a Magic historian, so any future information you may need, feel free to contact me as I am always willing to help.

      The BEST book on Alexander in my opinion, is called "Alexander The Man Who Knows" written by David Charvet. This book is a very fast read filled with great photographs and images of his posters. You will NOT want to put this book down! For sure one of the most interesting and enjoyable books on Magicians I have ever read!! Alexander's story will simply blow you away! This book might be out of print, like most Magic books, but I think nnmagic.com
      has some copies for sale still on their website. Also check ebay as this book does surface from time to time for sale. Hope you enjoy it!
    12. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Thank you! I will see if I can find this book.
    13. Migwel, 5 years ago
      Yes, "Alexander The Man Who Knows" written by David Charvet, is a great read. Excellent!

      I have been trying to find this poster in unrestored condition. Anyone have a lead for me?

      Migwel
    14. zguy2112 zguy2112, 5 years ago
      Migwel,
      This Alexander is the hardest to find in any condition! It took me over 3 years to get this one. But if one does become available i will keep you in mind. Email me your contact information. Thanks.
    15. Jewels Jewels, 5 years ago
      Awesome poster zguy!
    16. zguy2112 zguy2112, 5 years ago
      Thanks Jewels, glad you like this poster.
    17. Jewels Jewels, 5 years ago
      You're welcome, I love all your posters, they are really great! Sometimes I like something that frightens a little bit :) thanks for sharing!
    18. zguy2112 zguy2112, 5 years ago
      Thanks Jewels, glad you enjoy my poster collection. The dark, frightening ones are my favorite! Enjoy.
    19. cratedigger. cratedigger., 5 years ago
      Amazing. Great item. Great story.
    20. zguy2112 zguy2112, 5 years ago
      Thank you cratedigger, glad you like this poster and history that goes with it. Keep digging my friend!
    21. AllVintage40, 4 years ago
      Hi, great poster. I actually have an original 1910 Alexander Crystal Seer Poster in black frame, pristine condition. If anyone is interested please contact me
    22. zguy2112 zguy2112, 4 years ago
      Allvintage40, thanks for the comment. Please email if you are willing to part with your poster. My email address is on my profile. Thank you.

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