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Please tell me everything you know about LeRoy, Talma, and Bosco.
I am fascinated by this troupe and info is scarce. I named my cat after Mercedes Talma.
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On 2008-08-18 13:20, critter wrote:
Please tell me everything you know about LeRoy, Talma, and Bosco.
I am fascinated by this troupe and info is scarce. I named my cat after Mercedes Talma.


My first reaction to this was to suggest you read a few books on the history of magic because they were very famous in their day and its really not difficult to find material on them. Trying to tell you everything about them would be a huge task and a ridiculous one for a bulletin board like this. However, in an attempt to be more charitable, here are a few basic facts that ought to help you track down more.

Although the team is usually described as "Le Roy Talma and Bosco" they actually named themselves "The Comedians de Mephisto Co." However posters and bills generally had the performers' names "Le Roy - Talma - Bosco" in the biggest type so that became the better known description.

Servais Le Roy (1865-1953) was a Belgian who started out in the theatrical scenery business. Before working with Talma and Bosco he performed with Imro Fox and Frederick Eugene Powell as "The Triple Alliance". Le Roy is credited with inventing the Asrah levitation (full title "Asrah the Floating Princess"). I've seen differing dates for when this was first performed (1902 or 1914).

Talma was actually Mary Ann Ford (1861 - July 13, 1944) and was British. She adopted the stage name Mercedes Talma but was generally known just as "Talma". She was highly regarded for her manipulation skills and was often billed as "The Queen of Coins".

I know less about Leon Bosco. He was very much the comic of the team and played a buffoon character.
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If you go to Mike Caveney's website and order the book "Servais LeRoy," (click HERE to view), you will find a wealth of material about the team, plus lots of unpublished photos and clippings from LeRoy's scrapbooks. SETH
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Thanks guys.
It isn't that they aren't mentioned in the general magic history books. It's that the articles aren't very long. I need a lot of info. Personal anectdotes, people they knew. I want to write a screenplay. To do that I need stories. They can, and probably should, be exagerrated, but they have to be based in truth. This book sounds like just the thing.
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