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Bill Baird

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Bill Baird
BornWilliam Thomas Keckritz
March 4, 1914
St. Louis Missouri
DiedAugust 5, 1978 (age 64)
Lansing, Michigan
Resting placeLakeside Cemetery in Colon, Michigan[1]

Bill Baird (1914-1978) was a professional magician best known for his billiard balls manipulation.[2][3]

He is the namesake of the Bill Baird Award given annually by Abbott's Magic Convention to the magician who demonstrates outstanding skill in object manipulation. His sophisticated and highly polished act played in the major theaters and nightclubs in the United States. the act eventually became a full stage show and revue and was highly acclaimed. His performances lead to a movie role and U.S.O. tours in both world War II and the Korean conflict.[4]


Baird was awarded the St. Louis Magical Heritage Award in 1995 by IBM Ring One and SAM Assembly 8.


  2. M-U-M, Vol. 68, No. 5, October 1987, BROKEN WANDS, page 37
  3. The NEW TOPS, Vol. 18, No. 10, October 1987, Final Curtain - Bill Baird, page 13
  4. Obit Genii 1978 October