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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.
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
- Dean of the Society of American Magicians from 1941-1951.
- Al Bakers' Book One (1933)
- Al Baker's Book Two (1935)
- Magical Ways and Means (1941)
- Mental Magic (1949)
- Pet Secrets (1951)
- The Twenty-Five Dollar Manuscript (Ca. 1929)
- Al Baker's Pack (1932)
- Cardially Yours (1934)
- Effects 1, 2, 3 (Ca. 1939)
- Card Trio (1948)
- Baker regularly contributed to The Sphinx and other magic magazines.
- The Secret Ways of Al Baker by Miracle Factory Books (2003)