Historical marker to honor magician Lester Lake

A public dedication ceremony for an Indiana state historical marker commemorating magician Lester Lake is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7.

The new marker will be dedicated in a program at the Brookville branch of the Franklin County Public Library District, located at 919 Main St., Brookville, at 1 p.m. Parking for the event is available at the library.

The text follows for the state marker entitled “Lester ‘Marvelo’ Lake”:  Magician, humorist, and innovator Lester Lake was born in New Trenton. He began performing magic as a profession in Brookville by 1925 and was inducted into Queen City Mystics, Assembly 11 of the Society of American Magicians the same year. He traveled extensively performing at parks, theaters, schools, and nightclubs, 1925-1960. Toured Europe with USO during WWII. Lake is credited with developing a wide array of tricks and illusions including Burned Alive (1929), The Guillotine (1931), and Disecto (1942). He developed new magic tricks independently and later became an associate of Abbott’s Magic Company in Michigan. His contributions to the field influenced many magicians, such as New Trenton native John Calvert.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for this state historical marker that examines Lester Lake’s contributions to the magic and entertainment industries during the 20th century.

Lake gained national recognition for his tricks and illusions and drew thousands to entertainment venues across the county. The new marker honoring his work is located just south of the intersection of St. Peters Rd. and U.S. 52 in New Trenton.

This is the 14th state historical marker to be installed in Franklin County. For a listing of other markers in the county, see: https://www.in.gov/history/markers/3819.htm#franklin.

State historical markers commemorate significant individuals, organizations, places, and events in Indiana history. These markers help communities throughout the state promote, preserve, and present their history for the education and enjoyment of residents and tourists of all ages.

For over 100 years the Indiana Historical Bureau has been marking Indiana history. Since 1946, the marker format has been the large roadside marker, which has the familiar dark blue background with gold lettering and the outline of the state of Indiana at the top. Over 650 of these markers have been installed over the years.

For more information about the Indiana Historical Marker Program and other resources about Indiana, visit the Indiana Historical Bureau’s website at http://www.IN.gov/history or call 317-232-2535.

For more information about the Lake marker dedication ceremony contact marker applicant and Local History & Genealogy Dept. Manager Julie Schlesselman at julie@fclibraries.org or call 765-647-4031. And to learn more about Lake, see the Indiana History Blog at: https://blog.history.in.gov/tag/lester-lake/.


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