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BornBenjamin R. Badley
December 26, 1895
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
DiedSeptember 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.[1]


He began performing professionally in 1911 and was a photo engraver by profession.[2] 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. [3]

In 1943 he helped start the St. Louis Society of Magicians and contributed articles to the Sphinx. [4][5]

A charter member and an active leader in both IBM Ring One and SAM Assembly 8, he was responsible for re-chartering and re-activating the latter.

He was awarded the St. Louis Magical Heritage Award in 1995.

See also entry under Ben Badley.added


  1. History of Conjuring and Magic by Henry Ridgely Evans (1928)
  2. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, March 1931
  3. Tops, July 1943, page 23
  4. Cover, Linking Ring, January 1940
  5. Obit, Linking Ring, November, 1950