The story of the world's premier magician and mindreader is so intriguing that you'd be forgiven for thinking it was all an elaborate tale of the early 20th century. Alexander (real name Claude Conlin) started out as a stage performer/magician, who specialised in mentalism and psychic readings - almost like the Derren Brown of the era. He was renowned for being the highest earning of his kind, earning over $4 million over his relatively short career in the 1920s, with his earnings coming from both stage shows and also from private readings for clients. As if his life wasn't interesting enough, the magician was also famous for being a con-man and a criminal! He was known to have been married around 7 times, sometimes to more than one woman at a time. Alexander spent time in federal prison, went on trial for attempting to extort an oilman millionaire, made a failed attempt to outrun the authorities in a high-powered speedboat loaded with bootlegged liquor, and admitted killing four men!