CESAREO R. PELAEZ
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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.
Campbell-Lee Moody Russell Funeral Home, 9 Dane Street, Beverly, MA 978-922-1113


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March 20, 2021
Cesareo lives vividly in my memory and in my heart. I wish I had known him for more years, because I believe he would have been an inspiring mentor and friend over the long term. I would love to hear from Cesareo's friends and co-workers in Beverly; I so often wonder what and how you are all doing, and it would delight me to hear your continuing stories.
Theresa Pease
Friend
March 24, 2013
It had been a year since you left us Cesareo, but the memories linger on. I Cherish the talks we had on the magic arts. Someday we will talk some more.Until then - Rest in the Peace of the Lord.
Jim Rainho
April 26, 2012
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I met Cesareo when I was a young teenager working at Flosso's Original Magic Shop in New York City. This was the late 1970's and Cesareo and the "Le Grand David" show were not widely known. Cesareo took the train down from Mass. because he had heard Flosso had an original Okito Floating Ball and he wanted to buy it for the show. He made an impression on me that lasts to this day. He was an incredibly charming person with a magnetic personality and he could tell I was a young man fascinated with magic. He gave me advice and encouragement that day. He was a great man and he showed his greatness by giving this punk kid the belief that I could be great too. He was a true gentleman and his memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him.
Robert Baxt
April 3, 2012
I am saddened by the loss of Cesareo

John Cheek ( Rochester, Michigan)
April 2, 2012
I have had the joy and pleasure of attending the wonderful shows at both the Cabot Street and Larcom theatres perhaps a total of 15 or more times. With my children, with friends, with various groups of MIT students. Cesareo's sparkle, charm and talent were always evident. His passing is truly sad and he will be deeply missed. At various times in the shows he would disappear and then magically re-appear. He'll never disappear from my memory or that of all the people who have enjoyed the show with me. And perhaps in some form he will magically re-appear at the Cabot Street theatre. Certainly his wonderful spirit will be there forever.
Alan Oppenheim
March 30, 2012
If indeed a man lives so long as his influence, memory and love extend, then Cesareo will come as close to immortality as any human I have ever known. In this, I rejoice for him. On the other hand, my heart is breaking for the many loved ones who will have such a hole in their lives now that he is no longer with us. As for me, I feel a mixture of jubilation that I came to know and be touched by his magic (literal and figurative) over the past three years, and sorrow that I did not get to know him earlier, when his leadership and example might have changed my own trajectory in a beneficial way. To everyone who met him — and indeed, some who knew him only from afar — he can only be described as a blessing. My love and care go out to all of his blessed "family," far and wide.
Theresa Pease
March 28, 2012
Cesareo was a great friend of magic and humanity. Magic was indeed fortunate to have had him as one of its followers. He will long be both missed and remembered. R.I.P. old friend.
Bill Wells
March 28, 2012
I am so saddened to hear the news of this great man.

I attended that 1st show of Le Grand David in February 1977 with my friend Anthony Rais.

Since then I have been so lucky to have seen the show over a hundred times.

My fond memories of Cesareo dates back before that 1st show.

My Dad owned The Little Jack Horner Joke And Magic Shop and The Magic Parlour on Tremont Street in Boston, stores that supplied pocket tricks and stage illusions to professional and amateur magicians.

Cesareo was one of our best customers who would come to our store almost every week.

He was a soft spoken gentleman who always wore a giant smile on his face.

I could hear him now yelling "Bew Tee Foul" (beautiful) with such appreciation as how I would demonstrate a magic trick for him.

The magic world has lost one of our true greats.

There will never be another like him.

Rest in peace my friend

Carl Bertolino
Fitchburg, Ma
houdini-magic@webtv.net
Carl Bertolino
March 27, 2012
Dr. Cesareo was a part of my life for 35 years and his passing has washed a little more color out of the world. Vaya Con Dios, Senyor Marco.
Sean Murphy
March 27, 2012
You were always on my mind.
Michael Massi
March 27, 2012
What a remarkable life.

http://articles.boston.com/2012-03-27/obituaries/31240778_1_magic-show-magic-industry-performers
JM Lawrence
March 27, 2012
May this kind, gentle spirit forever rest in peace.
Maureen
March 27, 2012
Like most kids from the area who grew up in the late 70's, I went to several performances of Le Grand David. I was also fortunate to attend a performance recently, with my own kids, and I am grateful they had that opportunity. RIP Marco The Magi
Harris
March 26, 2012
Another star is shining in the sky, to shine forever, weaving it's own magic across the galaxies. Cesareo Pelaez's memory will linger forever to many of us who witnessed his magical performances in Beverly.
Rest well Cesareo, in the peace of the Lord.

As you used to say, Cesareo: ¡Viva La Magia!

We will now say: ¡Viva Cesareo Pelaez!

Jim and Alice Rainho
Jim Rainho
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