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William Becker

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William Becker
BornWilhelm Frank Becker, Jr.
April 17, 1886
In a small town near Berlin, Germany
DiedFebruary 18, 1985 (age 98)
Aurora, Illinois
Resting placeLincoln Memorial Park

William Becker (1886-1985), a successful full-time professional who began performing as Mystero, spent 50 years working as a magician.


He came to America as an infant and has made Aurora, Illinois his home all his life.

He was accepted into the Society of American Magicians in early 1915 with membership #463.

By 1919 Becker was playing a successful show featuring the Mystic Fountain, Enchanted Barnyard and Witching Cave. Throughout the 1920s he was performing his Mystero show while moving to Indiana, back to Aurora then Iowa and once again back to Aurora. He also played Lyceum dates throughout Wisconsin.

Throughout the 1940s Becker placed holiday greeting ads in The Sphinx and Genii, once billing himself as a "Master Transformist." [1]

Awards and honors

Lifetime Membership to SAM (1980)