Pelaez, Cesareo R.
Known worldwide as Marco the Magi, the founding producer and star of "Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company," Pelaez died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on March 24. Cesareo accepted an associate professorship in psychology at Salem State College in 1972. He taught there until his retirement in 1996. With associates, he bought the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre in Beverly in 1976, and in 1977 his extravagant production took off, headlined by Cesareo as Marco the Magi and David Bull as Le Grand David. Feature articles in TIME and Smithsonian magazines in 1980 led to seven performances at the White House, over 30 cover stories in magic periodicals, and international acclaim for the company and its founder.He couldn't have know in his final days that he would pass over on the birthday of Harry Houdini. No immediate family members of his family survived him, but his legacy lives on in the thousands he inspired, beginning with his troupe in Beverly, headed by David Bull. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot Street, Beverly on Saturday at 9:00 A.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 9 Dane Street, BEVERLY (Downtown Location) on Friday from 4 to 8 P.M. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com
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