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Given the look of a deaths head Erik went through life tortured and abused by his own parents and fellow man Born around the 1830s near Rouen France he was a genius in favor of the creative arts music architecture and design His mother was a housekeeper and his father a master mason who never saw young Erik though reasons why remain uncertain Tired of the abuse Erik ran away to a circus where he was put on display as a freak However while he had been traveling with the Gypsies he learned the tricks of the magicians contortionists and ventriloquists When he left basically the same reason why he left his home he built great palaces for the Shah of Persia When the Shah learned of his plans to move on and possibly build for other high rulers he ordered Eriks execution But in his efforts to escape from the Shahs impossible grip Erik found himself in the hands of the Shahs personal servant The Daroga of Mazenderan After helping Erik leave Persia the Persian takes on full responsibility of Eriks disappearance Presumed dead in the Persian state Erik travels around Asia Minor until he reaches Turkey He is employed to build palaces similar to the structures he masterminded in Persia However once he finds out plans of his execution the sultan like the Shah had for him he flees and returns to Paris There he received a construction certificate from Charles Garnier giving him the authority to build the basements of the new Paris Opera House Erik built not only the necessities of the opera but a house for himself as well where it served to fit his own need for privacy and so he built his home in those labyrinth-like cellars His famous composed work of Don Juan Triumphant began around this time By 1881 Erik is widely known throughout the Opera House as the Opera Ghost giving
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