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BornLuigi Maria Benevolo
July 15, 1865
Piacenza, Italy
DiedMay 30, 1939 (age 73)
Nice, France

Benevol (1865-1939), an Italian by birth, was billed as a Mexican when performing in France.


Victor Farelli described him in The Sphinx as "the Thurston of France."

He joined his family's show, in his teens, as an acrobat and musician. In 1894, anti-Italian sentiment among the French (because of the assassinating of their President) led Benevolo to assume a French form of his name and character of a Mexican, to explain his accent.

Benevol's signature piece was a medieval beheading, which was described in The Sphinx of July 1930.[1]


  1. LE LEGENDAIRE PROFESSEUR BENEVOL The Nelson Gallery, MUM, Feb. 2006
  • Bénévol, le maître du mystère by Jacques Garnier (1969)