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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.
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[[Al Baker]] (April 4, 1874 - October 24, 1951) was a professional magician born in Poughkeepsie, New York. Baker was known by most of his magical contemporaries as an outstanding M.C., author, and inventor.
  
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.
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== Biography ==
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By the time Baker was 21, he was already working in [[Vaudeville]] as magician and ventriloquist. Later he was performer at Coney Island as a [[Chautauqua]] & [[Lyceum]] headliner, where he also had a photo studio.
  
Al Baker opened a magic shop with Martin Sunshine in Times Square.
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Baker 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 regularly contributed to The [[Sphinx]] and other magic magazines.  
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Baker opened a magic shop with Martin Sunshine in Times Square.
  
He was Dean of the [[Society of American Magicians]] from 1941-1951.
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== Honors and Awards ==
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* Dean of the [[Society of American Magicians]] from 1941-1951.
  
== Books ==
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== Bibliography ==
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=== Books ===
 
* Al Bakers' Book One (1933)
 
* Al Bakers' Book One (1933)
 
* Al Baker's Book Two (1935)
 
* Al Baker's Book Two (1935)
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* Pet Secrets  (1951)
 
* Pet Secrets  (1951)
  
Manuscripts:
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===Manuscripts===
 
*  The Twenty-Five Dollar Manuscript (Ca. 1929)
 
*  The Twenty-Five Dollar Manuscript (Ca. 1929)
 
*  Al Baker's Pack (1932)
 
*  Al Baker's Pack (1932)
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*  Effects 1, 2, 3 (Ca. 1939)
 
*  Effects 1, 2, 3 (Ca. 1939)
 
*  Card Trio (1948)
 
*  Card Trio (1948)
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=== Contributions ===
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* Baker regularly contributed to The [[Sphinx]] and other magic magazines.
  
Compilations:
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===Compilations===
 
* The Secret Ways of Al Baker by Miracle Factory Books (2003)
 
* The Secret Ways of Al Baker by Miracle Factory Books (2003)
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
*M-U-M magazine, September 1982.
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* http://www.compumagic.com/sam35/al_baker.html
*[http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Forum=17&topic=000018&Number=0&site_id=1#import Genii Forum Book of the Month]
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* http://www.nysun.com/new-york/coney-island-love-and-magic/37515/
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* M-U-M magazine, September 1982.
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* [http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Forum=17&topic=000018&Number=0&site_id=1#import Genii Forum Book of the Month]
  
 
[[Category:Biographies|Baker]]
 
[[Category:Biographies|Baker]]
 
[[Category:American magicians]]
 
[[Category:American magicians]]

Revision as of 21:06, 30 September 2008

Al Baker (April 4, 1874 - October 24, 1951) was a professional magician born in Poughkeepsie, New York. Baker was known by most of his magical contemporaries as an outstanding M.C., author, and inventor.

Biography

By the time Baker was 21, he was already working in Vaudeville as magician and ventriloquist. Later he was performer at Coney Island as a Chautauqua & Lyceum headliner, where he also had a photo studio.

Baker 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.

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

Honors and Awards

Bibliography

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)

Contributions

  • Baker regularly contributed to The Sphinx and other magic magazines.

Compilations

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

References