Al discovered magic relatively late in his life when he saw a magician performing on a cruise ship. He returned to Phoenix and answered an advertisement in the local paper offering magic lessons and thus began his 30 year love affair with the art of good-hearted deception. As Al developed his skills he began to introduce magic into his sales presentations. He soon became the super salesman his clients looked forward to seeing each month.
Al joined the S.A.M. and the I.N.M. and became an active participant in each local club. He held the distinction of being voted a lifetime member in both clubs.
Throughout his magical life Al enjoyed performing for children the most. It was often impossible to tell who was having the most fun – the kids or Al! Al hosted many visiting magicians at his home.
Fellow magician John Alexander and Al attended a lecture by George Sands and were so inspired by one of the principles George taught that they developed a brand new trick (The Metamorphosis Card Trick). George is quoted in the instructions as saying, “I wish I had thought of that!”
Al had many dimensions including writing poetry and songs.
He was always filled with wonder and possessed an almost childlike innocence.
Al was 87 when he left us.