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Theatre marks fire which killed The Great Lafayette

The Great Lafayette
Image caption The Great Lafayette was killed during a fire on 9 May 1911

The 100th anniversary of a fire which killed 10 people including famous magician, The Great Lafayette, is being marked by an Edinburgh theatre.

The fire started after a gas lamp was knocked over, which set fire to the scenery, during the magician's act at the Edinburgh Empire on 9 May 1911.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre, which now stands on the site, is to hold a seance on stage later.

It has hosted other events, including a show by Lafayette fan Paul Daniels.

Lafayette, a German magician, was the highest paid performer of his time and had been in Edinburgh performing for just over a week as part of a tour when tragedy struck.

The magician, whose real name was Sigmund Neuberger, managed to escape the fire but was overheard saying he was going back into the burning building to rescue his horse.

He was killed along with 10 other people.

The magician was later buried with his pet dog in a local cemetery.

The Edinburgh Festival Theatre has been hosting a weekend of events, including a new exhibition of memorabilia.

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