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Revision as of 17:14, 15 June 2008

Al Baker (April 4, 1874 - October 24, 1951) was a professional magician born in Poughkeepsie, New York. By the time he was 21 was working in vaudeville as magician and ventriloquist.

Al was an inventor of many tricks that he marketed including his Dictionary Test, Al Baker Slates and his version of the Rice bowls. Many of his silk magic effects were included in Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic.

Al Baker opened a magic shop with Martin Sunshine in Times Square.

Al regularly contributed to The Sphinx and other magic magazines.

He was Dean of the Society of American Magicians from 1941-1951.

Books

  • Al Bakers' Book One (1933)
  • Al Baker's Book Two (1935)
  • Magical Ways and Means (1941)
  • Mental Magic (1949)
  • Pet Secrets (1951)

Manuscripts:

  • The Twenty-Five Dollar Manuscript (Ca. 1929)
  • Al Baker's Pack (1932)
  • Cardially Yours (1934)
  • Effects 1, 2, 3 (Ca. 1939)
  • Card Trio (1948)

Compilations:

  • The Secret Ways of Al Baker by Miracle Factory Books (2003)

References