Levante - His Life, No Illusion
is the seventh installment in the award-winning series of
Magical Pro-Files published, in 1997, by Mike Caveney's Magic Words. Though it is now out of print, copies may still be found with U.S. magic dealers - search online by the book title.
The format for this biography of the great Australian illusionist, Les Levante (1892-1978), is unlike any other book in the series. After discovering Levante's unpublished autobiography, author Kent Blackmore spent five years researching the fascinating life of perhaps the last of the great touring illusionists.
Each chapter is divided into two distinct sections. First comes Levante's personal memories of the many adventures he experienced while touring the world with his ever-expanding, full-evening illusion show. Levante's words are followed by the author's considerable research which adds greatly to the story, makes corrections and places into context Levante's reminiscences.
In describing his heroic struggle to the top of his profession, Levante provides a word's-eye-view of show business during the early part of this century. Travel with Levante and Company as they visit Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and India. As a headliner in England's music halls, Levante socialized with many of magic's greatest names including Dante, Goldin and Selbit. Levante - His Life, No Illusion contains over a hundred photos illustrating his long career and spectacular magic show. An appendix describes many of Levante's classic tricks and illusions that have been explained in magic magazines over the years.