Performing Arts Collection
Levante, Esme
Levante, Esme

Biography

Esme Levante (1922 - 1989), the daughter of Australia's internationally famous magician Les Levante, began performing with her father at the age of five years.  By the age of 18, Esme, along with her mother Gladys, was a principal artist in The Great Levante's show. 

Esme broke away from her father's show in the mid-1950s and travelled throughout Britain and Europe with her cabaret magic act. A feature of her performance was a trick in which she produced a baby kangaroo from a small trunk. 

In 1968 she was forced to retire due to ill health.  She returned to Australia and ran a theatrical booking agency with her husband until her death in 1989.

Collection Holdings

Costumes, photographs, programmes, stage illusions. Magic 1938 - 1968

Levante, Les 'The Great Levante'