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ORIGINAL VINTAGE "ALEXANDER THE MAN WHO KNOWS" POSTER (1915) - ARCHIVAL/FRAMED!This is one of the the most famous images of all magic posters. It measures approximately 42" by 31.5" framed. It was published in 1915. I've included two images here, one being the actual framed piece and the other a graphic of just the poster image - without the glare from the photograph. The official name of the poster is" Alexander "Red Portrait". The date published is circa 1915. The sheet size is 28" x 42". The lithographer was Av Yaga Bombay. This is not a reproduction! In BriefAlexander (1880-1954) - Real name Claude Alexander Conlin, this American magician became world-famous for his "psychic" abilities. Though he did perform some conventional magic in his act, his reputation-maker was a segment in which he answered questions "mentally sent" to him by audience members. His real fortune was made by doing private readings for large fees; the IRS claimed that in the early 1920's he owed them over $3 million in back taxes. Alexander also wrote The Life and Mysteries of the Celebrated Dr. Q, about mentalism, and was rumored to be the money behind Floyd Thayer's magic manufacturing venture. On retiring for the second time in 1943, he sold his entire act to mentalist Robert Nelson.HistoryBetween 1915 and 1924, Alexander, The Man Who Knows, astounded theater audiences, performing feats of mind-reading and psychic prediction that defied explanation. A charismatic showman, Alexander reinvented the psychic act and enjoyed a popularity matched by few, if any, of his contemporaries.At the height of his career, he sold out theaters across the United States and Canada for weeks at a time, making millions from box office receipts, and from the sale of books, crystal balls, and related merchandise. He traveled the world, and counted among his friends such show-business luminaries as Alexander Pantages, John Considine, Rudolph Valentine, and Clara Bow.He fended with the Great Houdini, and waged open war with anyone who dared try to debunk him. Dressed in exotic robes, wearing a jeweled turban and holding his trademark gazing globe, Alexander dominated the stage for nearly a decade before retiring in 1924, at the age of 43, the richest man in vaudeville.Yet The Man Who Knows had a dark side as well. He was a perfectionist, obsessed with controlling every aspect of his life and career. Married eleven times, he was a notorious womanizer who cared little about the age or marital status of his conquests.He was a con-man, arrested numerous times for fraud and blackmail, who once fled the country to avoid prosecution. He drank too much, and while living on the Washigtion coast in the early nineteen-thirties, local lore strongly suggests he dabbled in bootlegging, some say opium, and possibly the white slave trade. Only one thing is certain - Alexander was a man who lived life by rules of his own making.This poster has been professionally mounted on linen and professionally framed with a beautiful black wood frame and UV coated plexiglas. Only archival materials used.Condition: Excellent.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Terms and Conditions of Sale 1. I attempt to describe all items accurately and honestly but condition and appearance are subject to personal judgement. Therefore all items are sold As Is. 2. If you have a question - ask before you buy! I will attempt to answer all questions honestly and quickly. I am readily contacted via email and will attempt to answer all queries as soon as possible. 3. The timing of your shipment is dependent upon receipt of payment and when that happens to fall during the week. I will make every attempt to ship your item as soon as possible.4. I appreciate all my customers and will do my very best to make sure you are happy with your purchase._gsrx_vers_308 (GS 5.3.7 (308))