|Born||Benjamin R. Badley|
December 26, 1895
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Died||September 29, 1950 (age 54) |
St. Louis, Missouri
Devo, Ben Badley, the Magician from Dixieland (1895-1950) traveled for some years in the South specializing in mesmerism and muscle-reading.
He began performing professionally in 1911 and was a photo engraver by profession. At age 18, he joined a touring hypnotist, moving to St. Louis in 1916.
In 1927, Badley became one of the first person to present hypnotism over radio. 
He was awarded the St. Louis Magical Heritage Award in 1995.
- ↑ History of Conjuring and Magic by Henry Ridgely Evans (1928)
- ↑ Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, March 1931
- ↑ Tops, July 1943, page 23
- ↑ Cover, Linking Ring, January 1940
- ↑ Obit, Linking Ring, November, 1950