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Alexander (1880-1954), born Claude Alexander Conlin, was a stage magician, billing himself as "The Man Who Knows", that specialized in Mentalism and psychic reading acts. He 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 and New Thought pamphlets, as well as texts for stage performers. His stage name was "Alexander."
Harry Houdini appeared in Cardiff South Wales on quite a few occasions none more memorable than his challenge to Frank Hilbert the self labelled “Handcuff King” who incensed Houdini by stealing his act and appearing a few doors down the road the big “rumpus” coming to a head in Cardiff’s Empire Theatre.