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BornWilliam Mozart Nicol
December 14, 1882
Burlington, Iowa
DiedFebruary 1, 1945 (age 62)
Nicola (1882-1945) performed on vaudeville for a number of years and did several world tours with his illusion show as the Great Nicola and as Nicoli.

Nicola started his career at the Omaha Exposition in 1900, and from there went to Paris for the French Exposition. He did performances at the Egyptian theater and on his return to the United States he started on the Lyceum circuit.

He made his first trip around he world in 1910. For a span of three years, he visited China, India, Egpyt, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries.

Nicola was touring in South America in 1913 at the outbreak of World War I.

The first of Nicola's major United States tours was made in 1926 during his second world tour.

During his last world tour in 1939, on outbreak of World War Two, the ship he was on hit a mine and sunk with all his equipment off Singapore. After his return home he built a new smaller show, suitable for auditoriums and hospitals, and offered his services free of charge to the USO.

Among the illusions Nicola was said to have created were the "Elastic Lady," "Aerial Fishing (actually created by Walter Mingus Hopler)," "Chinese Water Jar," and "Dream of the Chinese Chop Suey Restaurant Keeper".

His brother Charles (Von Arx), who accompanied him on many of his trips, also performed.