#OneNGWeeky (episode 32): Life History Of Professor Peller

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Professor Peller
Birth, Education And Early Days

Moshood Folorunsho Abiola. (Popularly known as Professor Peller) was born in late 1941 at Iseyin, Oyo State. He attended Moslem School, Iseyin and Native Authority Primary School, Iseyin. When he was growing up, he got a nickname “Moshood Olori Pupa” (which means Moshood the Red-Headed Boy). He started performing illusion tricks in 1954, traveling to Ibadan, Lagos and Oyo for performance. In 1964, he attended a school of magical arts in India; he spent 18 months at the school and after completion, settled in Liberia. In 1966, he had his first post-training show at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos. He later pick on the stage name of ‘Professor Peller’, an appellation that has stuck to him like a second skin.
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professor peller


Love and Romance

Professor Peller was described as a very romantic man, his prominent wife, Alhaja Silifat fell so much in Love with him while she was still in secondary school. She confessed that she had always admired him and his performances and each time she watched him perform, her heart fluttered with affection for the fine magician with tribal marks.

In 1967, Iseyin Grammar School in Oyo State became the place where Peller planted the seed of love even if he was there to perform but was carried away by the ravishing young beauty in the crowd called Silifat. Hear her: “I am sure he must have been attracted to me because of my beauty. So, he just whispered to me: ‘Baby, you are beautiful.’ And I said, ‘Thank you.’ He didn’t ask me out that day. For quite a long time, we were friends.” For a couple of years more, they continued dating and Lady Peller said after two years, she said yes to his advances. They got married in 1971 and give birth. 

His Magical Performance

During his lifetime, he was the most magnificent magician in the whole continent. Even after his death, Peller still remains the greatest of all. Professor performed not only in front of royal family and also joint kings to his magic shows. In 1972 Femi Oyebode, who is a Professor of Psychiatry at the famous University of Birmingham, described Professor Peller and one of his performances in Lagos:
‘I came to the stadium in order to see Professor Peller, a real magician. People said he was a member of the Magic Circle. Professor Peller wore black tails and a top hat, he had a special wand in his hand, black shoes and a very cute well-cut hair. He had a perfect look of smart gentleman. Peller was assisted by a beautiful young lady.
He waved his white handkerchief and beautiful white dove appeared and flew out. Peller pulled his cufflinks and different flowers bloomed under professor’s command. He was very confident, graceful and made a real magic. He managed to levitate his beautiful assistant. Peller cut a lady into two parts any drawing blood. He also locked a woman in the closet, chained several times until she was gone! It was a virtuoso performance. The audience clapped, stretched. We desperately wanted that traditional magician Professor Peller would enthrall and also inspire us to his magic, the mystery of African magic.
People were very disappointed or should I better say that I was very disappointed. When he went out on stage wearing a loincloth of indeterminate color, so you could hear the people gasp aloud. Was this real African magic? This weird, crude, small, thin man who looked like he had recently woken from the dead?

He swallowed the stone and turned his back to us, sliding his loincloth on one side and excreted stone. Awful and shame. He claimed that his stomach to a sharp sword to be cut. But now, the lack of bustle and sophistication turned people against him. The audience poured through the stadium gates. We were disgusted for real. I can say that at the stadium George the V, at the beginning of adult life, I lost two of my childhood dreams.
A master at his performances showing the most powerful spells made some African leaders join, right in their royal palaces.
The most prolific magician shows were: the Escaping Box, Invisible General, the Zigzag and Changing Dresses. One thing with Professor’s performances was that they were executed with maximum excellence and finesse. He was clever, thorough and professional. Maybe, if he had not died, he may have even eclipsed legendary David Copperfield from the USA in fame.
One of Peller’s favorite performances included putting his beloved wife in a ‘magical coffin’ and severing it into two halves. But now it’s obvious, that there is no magic, you can see how the trick is done on this picture:
When Peller was showing his tricks, there was no Internet, which we have today, so it was very easy to fool people. Millions of people! And they always loved to be fooled – to believe in magic, in miracle.

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professor peller performing his  magical

The Most Popular Trick he Performed Was When he cut her Wife Into Two:
Did he actual cut his wife into two? No. We can not call his magic a lie but we can describe it as a pack of grandiose dramatization, clever performed visual illusion. There is nothing deep spiritual about his magic and also it is nothing but a smart agglomeration of well-skilled tricks. Nonetheless, if they were done well, an excellent, skilled magician can always ‘create something just out of nothing’ or make something weird possible (it is always an illusion, even I it looks like he breaks all the physical or biological laws) in a very confident and convincing manner.
It was in Lagos, at the National Theatre in Iganmu, and Lagos State Governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande was present in the event with the chief Obafemi Awolowo. The event began as planned, but then Peller magic team decided to throw in suspense-filled events like their normal practice, when they have shows following each other every night. The idea was to create so much uncertainty, so that they could draw even more audience the next day. So for the first day, the goal was to create the illusion that it ran into trouble while sawing his wife in half. But then, the next step was the magic ‘revival’ of her. After this ‘cutting’, which was obviously done with a lot of dramatic effects, the audience went into a real rage and began crying: ‘Give us Lady Peller’, ‘We want a lady Peller’. Later, in 2012, when she was 66 year old, Lady Peller gave interview, where she told about the incident, and she insisted that in fact the magician cut her into two parts, and it had even been sustained with some minor injuries.

Facts about Professor Peller

*** He had the same names (Moshood Abiola) with another very popular Nigerian person, who was the winner of the 1993 Nigerian presidential elections, it was Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.

*** Since his childhood, Peller and well-known Baba Sala, who is a popular Nigerian comedian, became the best friends. Making his movies, Baba Sala often included some of Peller’s magical shows.

*** Peller was a member of the ‘Magic circle’ (indeed it was International Brotherhood of Magicians), which is a special association for the best magicians in the world. Here is their Magician’s Oath: ‘As a real magician I promise never to reveal any secrets of any illusion to a person, who is non-magician, unless that one swears honestly to uphold our Magician’s Oath in turn. I also promise never to show any illusion for any non-magician without my first practicing the effect until I have an opportunity to perform it well enough to show the illusion of magic’.

*** Although he is a real magic legend in Nigeria, Professor Peller was a devout Muslim, who could not miss his Islamic obligations. He never missed his five daily prayers. His widow proved all the facts connected with the Peller’s Muslim style of life. She also added that Peller made a huge mistake when he told in one interview with some journalists: ‘the only time I am without any magic is when I am praying’. His widow believes that his enemies decided to exploit this. So they murdered him while he was praying.

*** Now professor’s Peller house belongs to a parish of the RCCG (Redeemed Christian Church of God). When the house was on sale, a lot of the prospective buyers escaped hearing that it had belonged to the late famous magician. Nigerians are very funny! Because when Peller was alive, his residence was very attractive for fans and simple travelers. It was a well-known destination for schoolchildren and simple people. A lot of them regularly came to see the massive picture that Peller put in front of his residence. Peller was in all the glory of the attribute of his magic.

*** Peller was a member of the ‘Magic circle’ (indeed it was International Brotherhood of Magicians), which is a special association for the best magicians in the world. Here is their Magician’s Oath: ‘As a real magician I promise never to reveal any secrets of any illusion to a person, who is non-magician, unless that one swears honestly to uphold our Magician’s Oath in turn. I also promise never to show any illusion for any non-magician without my first practicing the effect until I have an opportunity to perform it well enough to show the illusion of magic’.

His Death
Peller was assassinated. It was on that fateful day on the 2nd of August 1997. He was killed the same day that Fela Anikulapo-Ransome Kuti also died. Peller was attacked at his residence while observing his evening prayers at Onipanu, Lagos State and he was fatally shot by unknown gunmen. Nigeria and all kinds of unsolved murders, brutal killings and blood-curdling assassinations.



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