Wand - Louis Martelle (1927-2008)
from Paul Zenner
July 10th, 2008, was another sad day for magic. Louis Martelle
passed away in the early hours of the morning at the age of
President of IBM British Ring 25 and one time winner of the
British Ring Shield, past Chairman of the South Yorkshire
Branch of Equity, Louis was one of the 'Grand Old Men of Magic'.
As a boy, he sold newspapers on Sheffield Railway Station
and was selected to
present a bouquet of flowers to Mae West when she arrived
in that city. He received a kiss from said lady and was proud
to relate the incident.
working as an assistant for Murray, the Australian Escapologist,
he turned professional as 'The French Canadian Humorist'.
As a Bevan Boy, down a coal mine, he wore gloves to protect
his hands for when he returned to his beloved magic. After
the war he went into lecturing and that led on to a career
as a college lecturer and eventual Head of the Department
of Business Studies, at a college in Sheffield. He was known
to them as John Llewellyn Cooper, M.A., but the magic world
has always known him as Louis Martelle -- he has always been
that to his closest of friends, even his wife of 60 years!
staunch supporter of the IBM and the Northern Magic Circle,
he was a regular frequenter of their conventions, along with
his wife, Joan, and Marion and Hamilton Kaye. Louis hadn't
enjoyed the best of health over the last few years and the
loss of Ron Kaye, about 18 months ago, hit him very hard.
We feel sure that he would have soldiered on for a few more
years had it not been for that.
can imagine that Ron and Louis are now once again putting
the magic world to rights. We shall miss our regular sessions.
funeral will be at the Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium on Thursday,
July 17th, at 12.00 midday. If any of you would like to send
a card to Joan, I am sure that she would love to hear from
you. The address is 'Magic View', 10 Arnold Avenue, Gleadless,
Sheffield, S12 3JB.