At the start of the 20th Century, The Great Lafayette was the highest paid illusionist in the world. He brought his act to Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre for a sellout run. During the final act “The Lion’s Bride” in which the magician magically switches place with a red lion, a lamp caused the stage to set fire. The entire cast and all the animals died onstage. The body of the Great Lafayette was recovered and sent for cremation. Days later a papier-mâché hand was found on set pointing to another body, wearing the magician’s famous rings. The first body turned out to have been his stage double in identical costume. Lafayette’s funeral went ahead with the right body and was a huge spectacle with a procession, masses of mourners and floral tributes. The magician, along with his beloved dog Beauty, is buried at the Piershill Cemetery on Portobello Road.
This wonderful print featuring TheTreat Lafayette as a Lion was created by Mister Peebles for a Halloween Window Exhibition in October 2017.
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A signed gicclee print is available in 3 sizes: A4 21 × 29cm, A3 29 x 42 cm & A2 42 x 59 cm
This listing is for an A2 print.