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Al Schneider

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Al Schneider
BornAlvin Duane Schneider
February 3, 1943
Detroit, Michigan

CategoriesBooks by Al Schneider

Al Schneider is best known as the creator of Matrix, the new wave version of Sympathetic Coins.[1]


Schneider grew up in Detroit, Michigan, spent a year living in Denver, Colorado, but spent most of his life living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In there, sometime, he lived in Hollywood, California for a year and was a member of the Magic Castle. [2]

He started in magic 1960 in his senior high school days in Roseville, Michigan, a Detroit suburb. In 1967, after seven years of part time work and part time school, Schneider graduated from Wayne University with a BS in Physics. Magic continued to occupy his free moments during those years, and he worked toward his ambition of attaining a professional status in magic.

In 1969 he left his job as a mathematician for Uniroyal, Inc. and accepted a position as Systems Analyst for Univac, specialists in computers. A short time later, the firm transferred him to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he worked as a Systems Programmer in computer development.

In 1972, when the computer industry took a dive, he began writing and publishing magic books. He worked as a dealer from Goldshadow Industries and editor of house organ Goldshadow Newsletter.

Apart from magic, his hobbies include, but are not limited to, full contact Karate competition, two-handed sword fighting, golf, skiing, theoretical physics and study of Quantum Mechanics.



  1. Matrix Coin Trick by Al Schneider in Genii 1970 November, Vol. 35, No. 3, page 123.
  2. The Linking Ring, Vol. 52, No. 8, August 1972 “Our Cover, Al Schneider”, p.48
  • Al Schneider Magic (2011), dust cover of the book
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