|Born||William Thomas Keckritz|
March 4, 1914
St. Louis, Missouri
|Died||August 5, 1978 (age 64) |
|Resting place||Lakeside Cemetery in Colon, Michigan|
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.
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.
- ↑ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7801934
- ↑ M-U-M, Vol. 68, No. 5, October 1978, BROKEN WANDS, Bill Baird, by Jim Alfredson, page 37
- ↑ The NEW TOPS, Vol. 18, No. 10, October 1978, Final Curtain - Bill Baird, by C. Verne Bloch, page 13
- ↑ Genii Magazine, Vol. 42, No. 10, October 1978, Obituaries, Bill Baird, by C. Verne Bloch, page 639
- Cover, Tops Magazine, Vol. 13, No. 1, January 1948, Bill Baird – “BB” for Billiard Balls!, page 4
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 39, No. 1, March 1959, First time for everything, especially Bill Baird, by William Weldon, page 37
- The NEW TOPS, Vol. 18, No. 10, October 1978, A Tribute to Bill Baird, by Kodell, page 48
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 58, No. 11, November 1978, Bill Baird, Dead at 64, by C. Verne Bloch, page 101
- Genii Magazine, Vol. 43, No. 5, May 1979, Bill Baird, “The Magnificent Fraud”, by Mike O’Doed, page 349