So if you wish to know more about
the chap on the cover, here's Percy Abbott pouring it into the
"It takes me back fifteen years
ago. In other words it takes my memory back, for this is Lester Lake, also
known as Marvelo.
"It was fifteen years ago at one
of the I. B. M. conventions in Lima that I first made the acquaintance of
Lester Lake. Our friendship has improved and become stronger through the
"Lester under his identity as
Marvelo is widely known for his performances of the Burned Alive Illusion
and, as far as I know, he is the originator of this illusion. He also
features Buried Alive.
"Magicians the world over can be
thankful to Lester for his many inventions in Magic. We, too, are deeply
indebted to him for the reason that we have had the privilege of the
exclusive rights to build some of his best features.
"We really believe that credit
can be given to Lester for the introduction of the smaller type of
illusion when he first introduced the Chinese Chopper and the Chopper
Guillotine, followed by the famous Disecto which has been conceded to be
the greatest small type illusion ever produced. Lester is