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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]

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]

He is the namesake of the "Bill Baird Award" given annually at the Abbott's Magic Convention to the magician who demonstrates outstanding skill in object manipulation.


  • St. Louis Magical Heritage Award by IBM Ring One and SAM Assembly 8 (1995)


  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