NIGERIA: Peller (1941 –August 2, 1997) was a Nigerian magician and one of Africa's most renowned magicians.



Born Folorunsho Abiola, he would later pick on the stage name of “Professor Peller”, an appellation that stuck to him like a second skin.

Peller attended Muslim School, Iseyin and Native Authority Primary School, also in Iseyin. He started performing illusion tricks in 1954, travelling to Ibadan, Lagos and Oyo for performance.

In 1959, he changed occupation and began work as a representative of G.B.O. and later moved into trading. His interest in illusion continued and in 1964, he attended a school of magical arts in India, where he spent 18 months. After completion, he settled in Liberia. In 1966, he had his first post-training show at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.
Professor Peller was considered the most brilliant magician in all of Africa in his time. He performed not only before princes but also held kings spellbound with his magic.

A master at his craft and a consummate entertainer, he cast a most powerful spell on the following African leaders in their presidential palaces: The late President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo, and Samuel Kanyon Doe of Liberia.

There is an interesting story told about his performance for Doe, the late strongman of Monrovia. There was a time Peller had a performance in Liberia in the 1970s and the crowd was simply too massive. The Liberian government drafted security forces to the venue to control the surging crowd. One of those responsible for maintaining security that day at Peller’s performance was a young junior officer called Samuel Doe.

So when Doe later became president in a coup, he summoned Peller, to come perform for him. Such was the stellar performance of Peller.
The President of Benin Republic, Mathieu Kerekou was also one of those who patronized Peller.

In Nigeria Peller reigned supreme – as if there was no other conjurer in the land. Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the premier of the Western Region was one of those he used to entertain regularly.

Peller was described as a “very romantic man”. His most prominent wife, Alhaja Silifat, fell in love with him while she was still in the secondary school.
Peller married Lady Peller, as she came to be known in 1971 and they already had a child by then.

He was a man of many women and married many of them. However, the best known of them, with whom he performed his magic tricks was Alhaja Silifat Adeboyin Peller.
However, unknown to many, their rosy marriage later hit a rocky patch to the extent that they were not staying together anymore.
When Peller was killed by an assassin at his Onipanu residence, he was in Lagos State for a function while Lady Peller was living in Ikeja, although they were not officially separated as they still saw each other regularly.

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