Al Baker's Mental Magic
Carl W. Jones Publisher of Magic (1949)
Baker, Al: Mental Magic
©1949 Carl W. Jones
Hardcover, 116 pages
Comments: Thirty effects: Mind Reading Technique, Baker Center Tear, Secret Billet Reading, Telephone Mysteries, Clairvoyance, Practical Telepathy, Pseudo-Fortunes. Illustrated by Miako & Kwakenat.
1 Chapter One: First Lesson in Mindreading Technique
1 The Baker Switch
10 Chapter Two: New Light on the Center Tear
12 The Baker Method of Reading the Center Tear
21 Chapter Three: Telephone Mysteries
21 A Telemirakel
26 Over the Phone
32 Chapter Four: Mental Magic Effects
34 Baker's Eight Card Trick
37 Thought Transmission
40 Al Baker's Envelope Switch
46 Envelope as an Accessory
50 Chicken Feed
53 Parlor Telepathy
59 Pellet Reading
65 Out of the Air
72 Baker Switch Number 2
76 Secret Reading of Billets
80 Pseudo-Fortune Telling Seance
85 The Dean Man's Name
88 Mental card Tricks
90 The Pulse of the People
93 The Stethoscope
97 Telepathy for Two
100 Unconscious Clairvoyance
104 The Magic Bell
107 Adrian Plate's System of Mnemonics
113 Fortune Telling Significance of Playing Cards
116 Recapitulation of Al Baker's Rules
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Legendary magician and magical inventor. He began his career in a medicine show, then later became renowned for his clever routines and ingenious magic ideas, especially in the area of mentalism. Inventor of the Al Baker Slates. Many of his silk magic effects are included in Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic.
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.