Bill Smith studied tuba and theatre at the University of Tennessee. Since 1981 he has performed professionally as a magician, actor, clown, escape artist, fire eater, juggler, and one-man band. He has performed as “Doctor Knottwright” with the Big Apple Circus Clown Care team in Children's Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals since 2006. He also currently performs as Pa Hatfield at Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge, TN.
Also, as“Baffle-O Bill” he was one of five magicians in residence at The 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, TN. He has performed at: The Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA; The White House Easter Egg Roll; Carnival Cruiselines; The Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival in Pittsburgh; The London Palladium; Ron Woods of the Rolling Stones 50th Birthday Party; festivals and theatres in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Boston, Key West, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Greece, and Spain.