ACTUAL SIZE OF THE POSTER ITSELF measures 28X42. 100% GUARANTEED VINTAGE ORIGINAL MAGIC POSTER. Claude Alexander Conlin (18801954), also known as Alexander, C. Alexander, Alexander the Crystal Seer, and Alexander the Man Who Knows, was an American spiritual author, vaudeville magician who specialized in mentalism and psychic reading acts, dressed in Oriental style robes and a feathered turban, and often used a crystal ball as a prop.
In addition to performing, he also worked privately for clients, giving readings. He was the author of several pitch books, New Thought pamphlets, and psychology books, as well as texts for stage performers. His stage name was "Alexander, " and as an author he wrote under the name C.Alexander was born in Alexandria, South Dakota, the son of Berthold Michael James Conlin. Within the family Claude Alexander was known as C. " and his brother Clarence Berthold Conlin was known as "C. Had a successful career as an attorney and he also worked as a stage mentalist, although his fame never equalled that of Claude Alexander. Between 1915 and 1924, Conlin, under the stage name "Alexander, The Man Who Knows, " was a popular and highly paid stage mentalist.  Alexander promoted his psychic act as a form of mental telepathy or mind reading. Audience members gave him sealed questions, which he answered from the stage. His techniques were not revealed during his lifetime. He is credited as the inventor and/or popular developer of a number of electrical stage effects which were the forerunners of modern electronic stage effects.
All of Alexander's biographers, Darryl Beckmann, David Charvet, and Alexander's biographer of the 1940s, Robert A. Nelson, have said that Alexander was the highest-paid mentalist in the world at the height of his career, during the 1920s.Both sources state that he earned multiple millions of dollars during his career on stage and that during his lifetime he may have been the highest paid entertainer in the field of magic. Alexander retired from the stage in 1927, at the age of 47. He remained part of the social circles of entertainment personalities in Southern California, counting among his friends stars like Marion Davies, Margaret Sullivan, Jackie Coogan, Harold Lloyd, and Clara Bow.  He died in 1954 at the age of 74 due to complications from an operation for stomach ulcers. He was survived by two sons and a daughter. He was buried in Seattle, Washington Alexander's career and personal life have long been shrouded in mystery, but due to interviews with his son and the scrap books of the Nartel twins much information was related to Darryl Beckmann. Also Lon Mandrake had Materials on Alexanders life.
In the late 20th century, Clarence's granddaughter Cathy Stevenson inherited scrap book material on the careers of both her grandfather C. Which allowed Chavet to take a closer look at the life of Alexander the Crystal Seer and his family. With respect to the question of psychic phenomena, magic, spiritualism, and the occult, Alexander led a sort of double life, especially after he retired from the stage. On the one hand, in 1921 he wrote and published The Life And Mysteries Of The Celebrated Dr.Q also known as The Dr. Book, which was later re-published by Nelson Enterprises of Columbus, Ohio for the stage magic trade. In this book, Alexander exposed the techniques used by fraudulent spiritualist mediums to dupe their clients, provided blueprints for the manufacture of psychic act stage props, and even revealed the famous "Zancig Code" pioneered by the mentalists Julius and Agnes Zancig. On the other hand, like the Zancigs, he never completely discounted the possibility that Spiritualism might contain elements of truth, and from 1919 onward he also operated a publishing house, the C. Alexander Publishing Company in Los Angeles, California, which released his own astrological, pro-Spiritualist, and New Thought material, including a 5-volume series called The Inner Secrets of Psychology and a booklet for his students titled Personal Lessons, Codes, and Instructions for Members of the Crystal Silence League. The latter is a manual that explains the technique of affirmative prayer, and presents methods for the development of Spiritualistic mediumship, and divination through crystal ball scrying. The back cover displays Alexander's connection to the New Thought movement, for it lists an extensive array of titles that Alexander offered for sale at his book shop, including works written and published by the New Thought author William Walker Atkinson under his own name and also under the pseudonyms Theron Q. Dumont, Yogi Ramacharaka, and Swami Panchadasi; as well as a book by Atkinson's sometime co-author, the occultist L.
The biographer David Charvet, who interviewed surviving members of Alexander's family, wrote that Alexander had seven marriages (sometimes to more than one woman at once). " The biographer Darryl Beckmann wrote that Alexander was "married eleven times.
Allan Hancock, made a failed attempt to outrun the authorities in a high-powered speedboat loaded with bootlegged liquor in the Queen Charlotte Strait between Canada and the U. And admitted killing four men. According to Beckmann, Alexander was a "con-man" as well as a stage performer.A newspaper account in which it was stated that Alexander shot and killed a street mugger who attacked him, and was let off on the grounds of self-defense, was cited by Charvet. Thus, those who saw a show by "Alexander" in the 1950s actually were witnessing a recreation performance by Mandrake. Alexander was mentioned by name in a 1950s episode of the NBC television production Playhouse 90 called "The Great Sebastians, " starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne as a pair of stage magicians who resembled his old friends The Zancigs. READY TO FRAME OR HANG AS IS.
THIS IS AN ARTICLE I WROTE FOR "SCARY MONSTERS" MAGAZINE BOUT GHOSTMASTER JACK BAKER... A unique brand of entertainment in American Movie House history was known as the Midnight Ghost Show. From its rise in the late 1920s to its eventual demise in the late 60s, the Spook Show captured imaginations and thrilled audiences in movie houses and drive-ins around the country. Midnight Ghost Shows or Spook Shows, later called Midnight Horror Shows, were orchestrated by a magician or Spook Master, and occurred live in the theatre before, between and after feature horror films. Spook Show operators would take their shows on the road to small theaters across the country.Thousands of dollars could easily be made with a good routine and the willingness to live a somewhat transient existence. Because the shows typically began at midnight, when the theater would otherwise be closed, the theater owners risked nothing by booking them and were all but guaranteed a profit. Elaborate advertising and posters were provided way in advance by the Spook Show operators, who mailed them to the theater with instructions about how to build up interest and suspense in their patrons. Intriguing posters often bearing shocking claims were placed in the movie house lobbies weeks before the show rolled into town for its one- night- stand. Trailers for these events were shown with the feature films in the weeks leading up to the Spook Show, generating intense interest and advance tickets sales.
Gimmicks such as give-aways and free passes were employed to great success, as was radio advertising. Advertising included such blurbs as, SO SCARY WE DARE YOU TO SIT THROUGH IT ALL!IF YOU DO---YOU WIN FREE 2 FOR 1 PASSES TO A NEAR FUTURE MOVIE! Another promised, MONSTERS AND WEIRD BEAUTIES. Or from the Ahmen Ra and His Weird Tomb of Terrors featuring the Mummy in Person, MONSTERS GRAB GIRLS FROM THE AUDIENCE! The Spook Show phenomena began in the lavish theaters of the 1920s where they were billed predominantly as midnight Magic Shows complete with magicians, seances, floating phantoms, illuminated spirits and often comedy as well. One of the unique aspects of these shows was the blackout where at the end of the show the theater lights would be turned off and glow-in-the-dark ghosts would appear to materialize overhead and on the stage, thrilling and terrifying audiences.
Everything and anything could happen. Spiders would fly from the balcony, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley might materialize, if you were brave enough to sit through the whole show you might win a dead body.
Then the feature film, generally a horror film, would be shown. Some would consider one man to be the king of the Spook Show Circuit- Jack Baker.John Kessler, later known as Jack Baker, was born in Detroit Michigan in 1914. He started his career in show business as a teenager, doing magic. He later went on to sell trade magazines and in his travels he was invited to a Midnight Ghost Show. When the mentalist, Mel-Roy didnt show, Jack was tapped to do his magic act for the expectant audience.
In time young Kessler joined up with Wyman Baker. Adopted by Bakers parents, (thus the change from Kessler to Baker) the two brothers teamed up to create Dr. Silkinis Spiritualistic Séance and Ghost Show in 1938: what would become the long-standing, Asylum of Horrors.The advertising for the Asylum of Horrors promised Monsters and Fright but leaned towards a Hellsapoppin type show, replete with laughs as well as shrieks. Typical Baker poster advertisement ballyhoo for the Asylum of Horrors Show consisted of blurbs such as: Eerie!
See it Happen-right before your startled eyes- IN PERSON! DIRECT FROM HOLLYWOODTHE FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER.
The show was a big hit. In fact it broke box office records. Over the years, real movie actors from Universal Films such as Glenn Strange, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney Jr.Made guest appearances in Jacks show. Universal even gave Baker special permission to use their Frankenstein character in the show because they felt that it contributed to the popularity of their monster.
At one point there were 7 units like franchises, doing the show around the country. For many years Asylum of Horrors was the most successful and lucrative Spook Show on the circuit and Jack Baker became known as the King of the Spook Shows. The decline of Spook Shows had many causes; greed for profit, jaded audiences, television and cinemascope, resulting in the removal of stages from movie theaters. But perhaps there was more.In the advent of Abbott and Costello meeting all the monsters, the Addams Family and The Munsters, there was a saturation of comedy into horror that spelled doom for the whole shebang. Or perhaps too, the world was growing up, becoming more cynical, unwilling to suspend their disbelief even for a few short hours, when the Magic could happen. THIS IS NOT A REPRINT OR REPRO OF ANY KIND! HERE'S WHAT THE CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING!!! Wasn't beauty killed the beast.... ED IS THE ULTIMATE SPOOK SHOW HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR cinemanure. Poster is in beautiful condition, thank you! Excellent hinton1000 Unusual items, extremely low price, very happy with deal buy4jim EXCELLENT!!! Honest and pleasant ebayer, truly one of the best!! Rods-n-bods Thanks Ed & thanks for the bonus card!
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