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E. Leslie Briant

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E. Leslie Briant
BornErnest Leslie Briant
August 3, 1891
London, England
DiedOctober 18, 1965 (age 74)

E. Leslie Briant (1891-1965) was a part-time professional magician who billed himself as "Lafayette, The Argentine Wizard".


He went to South America as a young man, employed in the Bank of London and South America. Living first in Montevideo before moving to Argentina, where he spent the rest of his working life.

Briant began magic professionally in 1920 and developed a full evening show. [1]

With others Argentine magicians, he helped formed the Rosario Magic Club.[2]

As correspondent for the Buenos Aires Herald, he met and interviewed many famous magicians visiting the country. He was a friend of David Bamberg for over forty years and chronicled the first days of the Fu Manchu show in The Sphinx. He also contributed to the Linking Ring, The Wizard, Magic Wand and Abracadabra [3][4]


  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, December, 1931
  2. Cover, Linking Ring, February, 1933
  3. Obit by Fu Manchu, Abra, November 6, 1965
  4. Obit, Linking Ring, December, 1965