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John Snyder, Jr.

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John Snyder, Jr.


Cover of Genii (1941)
BornMay 7, 1888
Carthage, Ohio (Cincinnati)
DiedJune 13, 1946 (age 58)
Norwood, Ohio
Resting placeOak Hill Cemetery

John Snyder, Jr. (1888-1946) was president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (1939-1941), magic creator and manufacturer.[1]


Snyder's first job was in the office of W. E. Bundy, the U. S. District Attorney at the age of 15, which was the same year he began his successful career in magic. Snyder was also employed by the government as a mechanic in the U. S. Post Office garage and later started his own "Snyder Auto Parts & Service Co."[2]

He maintained a home in Norwood, Ohio and a summer retreat in Fox Lake, Wisconsin, which he named his Fox Lake cards after. He was also a member of the Houdini Club of Wisconsin.

In the 1930s, Snyder, Jr. made an arrangement with the U.S. Playing Card Company to produce gaffed decks based on the Aviator Bridge style.

He sold his auto parts company in 1934 and retired from business life to devote his time to magic. In Norwood, he had a factory to manufacture magical apparatus.[3]

John Snyder Jr. mentored Don Alan in magic starting at the age of twelve.[4]


  1. (cover) Genii 1941 June
  2. (cover) Linking Ring, September, 1940
  3. JOHN SNYDER, JR. An Appreciation by John Braun (obit), Linking Ring, July 1946
  4. In a Class by Himself: the Legacy of Don Alan by Jon Racherbaumer (2000)