Servais Le Roy

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Servais Le Roy (May 4, 1865-1953) was a Belgian magician, illusion designer and businessman. He is best known for the act Le Roy, Talma and Leon Bosco and as the inventor of the classic levitation illusion Asrah.

Servais Le Roy
BornJean Henri Servais LeRoy
May 04, 1865
Spa, Belgium
Died1953

Le Roy began his career in Belgium but later moved to London, where he established a supply house for illusions and scenery. At one time he performed with German-born illusionist Imro Fox and Frederick Eugene Powell as "The Triple Alliance". However he is best known as a performer for the long-running act he developed with his wife Talma and Leon Bosco. Working as "Le Roy - Talma - Bosco", they were sometimes also billed as "The Comedians de Mephisto Co." or "The Monarchs of Magic".

Servais Le Roy and Talma first performed the Asrah levitation in London in 1914. In this trick, Talma would lie on a couch and Servais would cover her with a sheet. He would then appear to make her rise into the air, pass a large hoop over her floating body, and finally pull away the sheet to reveal that she had vanished. Le Roy is also credited with developing the Modern Cabinet, the Palanquin and the Costume Trunk illusions.

Le Roy later put his own show into storage and accepted a contract from Horace Goldin.


On October 19, 1930, Le Roy was hit by a car walking across the streets in New York City. He was in the hospital with multiple injuries for nine days. He recovered and continued to invent, create and occasionally perform.

On June 6, 1940, at the age of 75, he performed his full evening show billed as "NEVER BEFORE SUCH A MAGIC SHOW" at the Heckscher Theatre in New York City. This was the idea of Sam Margules, who was putting together the annual S.A.M. show. LeRoy was performing for the first time in years with a new set of assistants. Having only single rehearsal with this new crew, the show was a disaster.

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