Alvin Duane Schneider is a magician who wrote the magic trick book On Coins. The cover features the author’s name and the title in Letraset’s Stripes. In this self-published edition some mistakes can be noticed, see especially the unconventional ligation of the alternate glyphs for A and L, as well as the ER and NS pairs which are spaced too tightly, with colliding letter parts. The interior appears to have been made on a Olivetti Typewriter (using Medium Roman type) and features other titles and numbered photographs set in Futura Heavy.
This was the second book I published on magic back about 1965. Then it was done
with a standard typewriter and the pictures were shot by a person I worked with. Then
I had no idea how to do any of this. I printed a bunch and sold them for about five
years. So, I printed some more and after a few years those were sold. It was out of print
for many years after that. I had one copy. The personal computer age blossomed and
one day my fiancé typed the book into Word. I took pictures of the pictures in the
book, put everything together, and put it up for sale as a PDF. Eventually I turned to
selling a hardcopy version on Amazon books. I did not expect it to do well, but it has
done as well as any other book I sell. Many reread it to pick up some bit overlooked
before. One of the features of the book is the amount of theory presented. At time of
writing, I did not think there was a market for a pure theory book. I decided to
incorporate theory discussions at the beginning of the books I wrote.
Edited by John Braun. Cover by Frank Tougas, with photography by John Ghastin.