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The Life and Mysteries of the Celebrated Dr. Q by C. AlexanderThe Dr. Q Book
The Life and Mysteries of the Celebrated Dr. "Q"
by Claude Alexander Conlin

The "Dr. Q Book" was the first all-revealing book of professional mentalism. No less an authority than Robert A. Nelson claimed this book to be the greatest and most authoritative book ever written on the subject of stage and private mindreading.

Sadly, the book has been out of print for several years. But no longer! We're happy to announce that a newly revised fourth edition of this classic text is now available.

Throughout the book, you'll learn not only techniques and subtlety to obtain the very innermost thoughts of the spectator, but also humorous stories and hard-earned lessons from Dr. "Q", revealed by C. Alexander ("The Man Who Knows").

While the majority of the contents are devoted to psychic entertainments, there are also several illusions, stage magic effects, and escapes revealed. Thus, "The Dr. Q Book" (The Life and Mysteries of the Celebrated Dr. "Q") belongs on the bookshelf of every conjuror, no matter what his or her specialty.

Partial contents:
Advertising Scheme . . . Anna Eva Faye Act . . . Asrah Illusion . . . Automatic Writing . . . Challenge Handcuff Act . . . Clairvoyancy and Clairaudience . . . Slate Writing . . . Crystal Gazing . . . Trumpet Seance . . . Questions and Answers . . . Mail Bag Escape . . . Master Mind Act . . . Materialization . . . Mental Projection . . . Modern Seership . . . Table Taps . . . Packing Box Escape . . . Producing a Spook . . . Sealed Letter Reading . . . Selected Slates . . . Spirit Paintings . . . Trance Clairvoyancy . . . Talking Tea Kettle . . . Telepathy . . . Levitation . . . The Office Switch . . . Whispering Buddha . . . and many others.

Also revealed is the original and complete Zancig verbal and silent Mindreading Code. This is a top-notch two-person mental telepathy act, that requires no additional expense whatsoever. An easy to learn code that carried its inventor to the heights of his profession. This one item alone is worth the price of the entire book.

Original copies of this informative book sell for upwards of $100 on the used market. The effects themselves were often sold individually, too. For example, Thayer sold one effect in the book for $225 (the equivalent of more than $3,340 today)! Now you can get the complete, corrected 4th edition, with over fifty effects, secrets and professional advice, for about the price of a fast food lunch.

Are you a Nelson collector? This book was listed as Nos. 272 and 1231 in the Nelson Enterprises catalog.

"A must-own volume for either the mentalist or magician."   (T. J. Crawford)

"Fascinating reading for, in addition to what may be termed the 'meat', many anecdotes concerning the experiences of Dr. Q and others are woven into the text in interesting fashion."   (J. G. Thompson, Jr.)

"I recommend it highly for the wealth of information it contains. Should be in every magical library."   (John Braun)

"Essential. Treasured by those who want knowledge."   (Lloyd E. Jones)

"The best all around book on the subject. Nelson has done the new generation of mentalists a great service in reprinting this."   (Julien J. Proskauer)

Magic World Publishers revised and expanded edition features two new chapters plus several edits and updates.

This book is offered in both digital and print editions.
(A) Get the digital edition from, or

(B) Get the print edition from House of Mystery Books.


See also: Dr. Q's Comedy Hypnotic Act | Dr. Q's Simplicity Mindreading Act | Dr. Q's Tarot Telepathy

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