|Born||Wilhelm Frank Becker, Jr.|
April 17, 1886
In a small town near Berlin, Germany
|Died||February 18, 1985 (age 98) |
|Resting place||Lincoln 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.
Awards and honors
Lifetime Membership to SAM (1980)
- Cover, The New Tops, Vol. 4, No. 3, Mach 1964, Cover Portrait … William Becker, by Neil Foster, page 4
- M-U-M, Vol. 74, No. 12, May 1985, Broken Wands, William Becker, page 30
- http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=30670422 William F Becker