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David Alexander

David Alexander (1943–2010), US magician, publisher, author and editor. He ran Centerline Press which published US editions of F. M. Alexander’s books as well as the periodical, The Alexander Review.

Life

David Alexander (no relation to F. M. Alexander) was for forty years a professional stage, close-up and pickpocket magician, performing internationally in several languages, working on cruise ships, nightclubs, television, theatres and private parties. In the 1970s he became a private investigator.

In 1983, David started his own publishing company, Centerline Press, specialising in psycho-physical education and humanist literature. Because of his expertise in magic and the psychology used by alleged psychics and faith-healers to defraud the public David became a member of the board of directors of the Southern California Skeptics. He was also associated with the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Claims of the Paranormal (now The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry) and the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion. David also contributed to James Randi’s The Faith Healers (1987). They all have in common the promotion of scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims. David was editor of The Humanist magazine (1989–1990), and in 1994 his biography of his old friend, Gene Roddenberry, was published (Star Trek Creator, the Authorized Biography of Gene Roddenberry). In 2007 David became deputy director of Sci–Tech HandsOn Museum, Aurora, Illinois. David was also an accomplished silhouette artist.[1]

Connection with the Alexander Technique

David Alexander had lessons with Pamela Blanc, and upon hearing that Alexander's books were out of print in America acquired the US rights. Under the imprint of Centerline Press he published The Use of the Self (1984, a facsimile copy of E. P. Dutton’s first edition), Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual (1985, a facsimile edition of the 1942 Dutton edition), The Universal Constant in Living (1986, a facsimile edition of the 1941 Dutton edition), Man’s Supreme Inheritance (1988, a reprint of the 1910 Man’s Supreme Inheritance and the 1912 Conscious Control, i.e. not the 1918 edition), and The Use of the Self (1989, reset edition). The front covers featured drawings of F. M. Alexander made by his wife, Penny ‘Cassidy’ Alexander.

David Alexander also edited and published the periodical, The Alexander Review, in total ten issues, between 1986 and 1990. See also Alexander Technique journals.

He attended the International Congress of the Alexander Technique in Brighton, 1988.

David Alexander *1943 – †14 December 2010.

References

[1] Penny ‘Cassidy’ Alexander, personal communication, 16th, 17th April 2021.