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Al Saal

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Al Saal
BornAlfred Peter Saal
May 6, 1891
Toledo, Ohio
DiedFebruary 15, 1962 (age 70)
Toledo, Ohio

Al Saal (1891-1962) was an undertaker in Toledo, Ohio, and one of the star performers at early International Brotherhood of Magicians conventions. He was one of the first magicians to do a full-length manipulation act with lighted cigarettes.[1][2][3]


Saal gave his first show when he was eighteen years old and later learned shadowgraphy from Theodore Bamberg (Okito).

Dressed in a Spanish costume and wearing a turned-up mustache, he performed card and cigarette manipulations. He was one of the first to use fluorescent paint on playing cards, combining black art with card manipulations, gaining the title of "The Man With The Lights".[4]

He was the organizer and the first secretary of the Toledo Magicians Club and Territorial Representative in the Toledo area for the I.B.M.[5]

A close friend with W. W. Durbin, Saal eventually retired from performing to become a funeral director in Toledo.[6]


  1. Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 6, No. 6, Aug1927, Al Saal - "The Man with the Lights", page 483
  2. The Sphinx, Vol. 31, No. 6, August 1932, Who’s Who in Magic, page 238
  3. Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 13, No. 4, June 1933, Alfred P. Saal, page 220
  4. The Linking Ring, Vol. 42, No. 3, March 1962, International Secretary Reports; ALFRED P. SAAL died, page 89
  5. Trix and Chatter by W. Dornfeld (1921)