Kellar and his servants, magician poster, ca. 1894 *** Harry Kellar (July 11, 1849 – March 10, 1922) was an American magician who presented large stage shows during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Kellar was a predecessor of Harry Houdini and a successor of Robert Heller. He was often referred to as the "Dean of American Magicians" and performed extensively on five continents.
Alexander The Man That Knows All magic magician houdini illusionist poster
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.