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Lived/Active: United States      Known for: Poster, magic show painting

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A member of the "Le Grand David and His Spectacular Magic Company", Rick Heath  painted a lot of the posters and artwork for the show and theater. 

The show was the longest consecutively running stage magic show in the world, running for 35 years.  The show was the brainchild of Cesareo Pelaez, a Professor of Psychology at Salem University and a life time lover of magic.  Pelaez, along with a group of friends, many who were past students, came together to purchase The Cabot St. Cinema Theatre in Beverly MA. in 1976.  On Feb 20th, 1977, the first 'LeGrand David' Show debuted at the Cabot.  Two hours of live stage magic with a cast that varied over the years to as many as 50+ performers and backstage people.  The family-oriented stage magic show ran on most Sundays at the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre from late September to early June from 1977-2012.  In the 1980s the company got together to purchase a second theatre in town called the Larcom Theatre and soon began presenting a totally different show of grand illusion and wonder.

In the early days of the production, everything was done in house.  The costumes, the back drops and scenery, the props and illusions were all built, painted, sewed and made by the members of the troupe.  Even on the rare occasion when they might purchase a prop, it was given the LeGrand David make-over. The ceiling tiles of the theater lobby are all hand decorated, the walls are adorned with giant posters for the magic show, all hand painted by members of the company in the early days.  In later years the majority of the painting work was done by Rick Heath with Cesareo's input on design.  Each poster that promotes the show is it's own work of art.

On February 23rd, 2014, only a few days after their anniversary (Feb 20th) the Le Grand David Show was sold on auction through Kaminski Auction House.  All the illusions, the props, the scenery, the original painted posters, and the remainder of the costumes were auctioned off.  The auction took place at the Cabot St. Cinema Theatre and online as well.

Sources include:
geniimagazine.com/magicpedia/Le_Grand_David
Kaminski Auctions

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