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The Man Who Knows: 1913

The Man Who Knows: 1913

1913 (?) poster advertising a Minneapolis appearance by Claude Alexander, one of the most famous (and wealthy) mentalists of his time. View full size.



I wonder if Johnny Carson's Carnac the Magnificent was modeled after Alexander.

Later In His Career...

...Mr. Claude Alexander appears to have become the "Moxie Man".

(My apologies in advance for the bad backbground music.)

What's With The Exploding Turban?

It looks like whatever he "KNOWS" is leaking out of the top of his head.

[Psychic leakage, or a feather. - Dave]

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