Lester Lake
2 Photographs
In Collection
Lester Lake
Magician, ca. 1930s

original 8 x 10" publicity photograph
signed and inscribed to Jack Wilson, Magician

There is edge damage throughout, not affecting printed area.
Product Details
Extras Autographed
Personal Details
Read It Yes
Location Magic Library (Home)
Condition Good
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Lester Lake

Lester D. Lake
New Trenton, Indiana

August 26, 1977
Cincinnati, Ohio

Resting place

Lester Lake, who performed as The Great Marvello, was a professional magician, inventor of magic effects and accomplished photographer.

A boyhood friend of John Calvert, he began his career in 1927 on a riverboat that traveled the Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi rivers. He appeared in nightclubs, theaters and amusement parks.

He was associated with Abbott's Magic Co. in Colon, Michigan (which he declared the "magic capital of the world" in 1934). While there he devised effects for Blackstone, Houdini, and Thurston.

In the 1940s he presented a Spook Show and during WWII, he traveled throughout Europe, North Africa, and the South Pacific with a USO show.

Lake was a permanent guest on the TV show "You Asked For It" in the 1950s. [1]

He was the first to produce the modern guillotine and wrist chopper illusions which he worked on with Percy Abbott.

Another of his illusions was "Buried In Flames" (aka Burned Alive) in which he was buried alive in a coffin into which five gallons of gasoline had been poured and ignited.[2]
See also: Harry Marvello (1879 - 1967).

1.? Obit, Linking Ring, November 1977
2.? Obit, MUM, November 1977