My prefix prefix does exhilarating kicks,
My infix infix uncovered the wizard's tricks,
My suffix suffix is quieter than a tick,
Gone a century since, he made infinite picks.

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I think the answer is

Cantor

My prefix prefix does exhilarating kicks,

Can-can

My infix infix uncovered the wizard's tricks,

Toto pulls the curtain in The Wizard of Oz.

My suffix suffix is quieter than a tick,

RR? Or possibly RR
Edit: As mentioned by Tom, this instead refers to a Rolls Royce vehicle for which the loudest noise comes from the tick of the electric clock.

Gone a century since, he made infinite picks.

Cantor.
His diagonalisation argument involves making infinite picks, plus he died in 1918.
Edit: As suggested by Bass in the comments, the infinite picks could refer to the process of generating the Cantor set

  • Judging from the title, the infinite pickings could refer to this thing. – Bass Oct 12 at 6:32
  • This has settled it. For the third line I was going for the car of which there is a saying that the loudest noise comes from the electric clock. Nice alt from Bass. – Tom Oct 12 at 7:38
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    Each word in the title alludes to something associated with the corresponding clued word. If @Tom were looking for suggestions, "Corsets, movie sets, assets and his sets" would clue the final word as well. ;-) – Hugh Meyers Oct 12 at 9:30

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