|Born||Royden Joseph Gilbert Raison de la Genesta|
March 29, 1878
|Died||November 9, 1930 (age 52) |
Gilbert Genesta was an escape artist who died performing a water barrel escape.
He first became interested in magic about 1890 when he witnessed a school house show m Foxburg, Pennsylvania. He went on to perform professionally as Genesta, the wizard of wonders.
Genesta died while performing when he became trapped in a barrel of water during his "escape artist" act at a vaudeville theater at Frankfort, Kentucky.
- ↑ Linking Ring, November 1930, page 1124