Fantasma Magic Is Proud to be the exclusive Retailor of the entire remaining collection of Le GRAND DAVID MAGIC!
Please look at our collection of posters and collectibles! Many of the items are of Limited Quantity and very Rare. So come take a look and get a piece of magic history!
In the bicentennial summer of 1976, a large ensemble of friends and family, led by Cuban expat and theatrical wizard Cesareo Pelaez (Marco the Magi), entered the Cabot Street Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts, as its new owners. After six months of vigorous renovations and rehearsals, Marco the Magi’s production of Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company debuted during a blizzard on February 20, 1977. Pelaez’s classic stage magic extravaganza had begun a record-breaking run of over 35 years, ending on May 27, 2012, two months after the passing of its creator and director, Pelaez. In March 1999, the Guinness Book of World Records had already named this singular phenomenon “the longest running stage magic show.”
In 1984, the Le Grand David company purchased the only other vaudeville theatre in Beverly, the Larcom, first opened in 1912. (The Cabot debuted in 1920.) After fifteen months of extensive restoration work, the troupe premiered An Anthology of Stage Magic, a completely different production of classic illusion and variety entertainment. Their two shows ran concurrently until 2012, totaling over 2,600 performances.
Over the years, the Le Grand David productions were featured in major periodicals, including TIME (“The best magic show since Fu Manchu’s day”), Smithsonian, National Geographic World and Yankee. By personal invitation of the first family, the company performed at the White House seven times from 1981 to 1988. Over the decades, Marco (Pelaez) and Le Grand David (David Bull) were honored with just about every major magic award extant.
Esteemed magic historian Dr. John Booth succinctly summed up the company’s unique achievement: “Two different luxurious magic productions of Broadway calibre playing in tandem theatres in one small city constitutes a miracle no other era in time has witnessed.”
As a complement to their live shows, the company produced a plethora of posters, programs, books, coins, cards and other memorabilia. Original company member Richard (Rick) Heath personally painted dozens of exquisite canvases, backdrops and illusions that are sought after collectors’ items.
Bull and Heath, along with other dedicated, original members of the Le Grand David Spectacular Magic Company, are pleased to offer many of these artifacts through Fantasma Magic. They stand as a lasting remembrance of a shining moment in the history of theatre and stage magic.