Flames leap from the former Surrey home of Mandrake the Magician.

Home of Mandrake destroyed by fire

The home of the famous magician caught fire on Sunday, and was completely destroyed



A home that burned to the ground in North Surrey on the weekend was once home to a world renowned magician.

Leon Mandrake (Mandrake the Magician), a famous vaudeville-era entertainer, once lived with his wife and family in a home at Grosvenor Road and Kindersley Drive, a home on the city’s heritage inventory that exploded into flames on Sunday morning.

The home was slated for demolition, and several people who were living there were expected to be out in the next few days.

No one was harmed in the fire.

Mandrake’s son, Lon, told Black Press Monday it was sad to see the home destroyed.

He said many of the interior finishings in the 1936 home were take from the old Port Mann Inn, which had been demolished around the time an old store was built at the site.

His father’s uncle originally built a corner store at the site. Mandrake turned it into home, with a magic room in the back, where he worked on his act, often in front of members of the neighbourhood.

The family moved out of the home after Mandrake died in 1982.

Lon said he still took his mom (Mandrake’s wife Velvet), by the home to reminisce about old times.

He especially remembers the Christmases, where the family would entertain and have visiting celebrities who came to B.C.

After his dad died, the home experienced a couple of break-ins, and his mom decided to move to a smaller – and safer – apartment.

The home was on the City of Surrey’s heritage inventory, but was not given Heritage Protection. As recently as May, the Heritage Advisory Committee vote to review its status.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Surrey RCMP investigating after ‘sudden death’ of man found with critical injuries

Police say a man is dead after being found laying on the ground in the 13300-block of 114th Avenue

Teen charged with possession of a loaded firearm after incident at Whalley park

Surrey RCMP say 17-year-old boy allegedly found in possession of loaded handgun

Kids Boost Immunity honours Surrey school for vaccine donations

Elementary students donate more than 3,000 vaccinations to UNICEF

Pug life: Waggish dog names listed in White Rock

Freedom-of-information request lists most ‘pupular’ dog names registered with the city

What’s age got to do with it? B.C. couple with 45-year gap talks happy marriage

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

WATCH: South Vancouver Island shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident, say police

One person in custody, another fled following shooting and crash on West Shore

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man accused in daughters’ murder

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

Loud jets from Abbotsford are annoying residents of tiny U.S. town

Flights out of Abbotsford airport turn over border town and annoy residents, Sumas mayor says

Olympic auditions return to Lower Mainland

Event an opportunity for unknown athletes to shine and, maybe, change sports

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C. pedophile wins appeal after violating court order

Kelly Glen Isbister’s sentence was cut by the BC Court of Appeal

Most Read