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Al Leech

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Al Leech
BornAlfred B. Leech
October 19, 1917
Washington D.C., USA
DiedJuly 07, 1974 (age 56)
Brookfield, Wisconsin, USA
CategoriesBooks by Al Leech

Al Leech (1917-1974) was a journalist by profession and a cardician at heart.


Born in Washington D.C, he moved to Chicago at a young age and later attended Northwestern University. He served in the Navy as a communications officer in the Pacific, afterwards taking a position with the United Press offices in Chicago.

In 1958 he joined the staff of Newsweek Magazine, whose editorial offices were in New York City. This brought him into contact with men like Dai Vernon, Harry Lorayne and Frank Garcia.

In 1962, Leech moved back to the Midwest when he accepted the post of Director of Public Relations of Allis Chalmers Manufacturing Company in Milwaukee.

He was publicity chairman for the first combined IBM/SAM convention.

One of Al Leech's signature effects was Red Hot Mama.

He passed away after several years of fighting emphysema.[1][2]



  1. Obit Genii 1974 April (publish in August)
  2. The Linking Ring, Vol. 54, No.9, September 1974, Broken Wands, Alfred B. Leech, page 107
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 45, No. 10, October 1965, Al Leech, Public Relations Director, by Dr. Richard O. Mossey, page 20
  • M-U-M, Vol. 61, No. 2, August 1971, Alfred B. Leech, magician-of-the-month, by John Zweers, page 8