|Born||Sylvester W. Reilly|
|Died||February 24, 1959 (age 67) |
|Resting place||St. Joseph's Cemetery|
S.W. Reilly (c.1891-1959) was a Columbus Ohio magic dealer and inventor of FA-KO.
"Syl" Reilly started out manufactureing educational toys. He put out the Fa-Ko deck in 1927 and with that success started a line of novelties, puzzles and magic tricks.
His interest in magic started when he was about 12 years old and at 16 he was putting on shows. As a member of the Players Club, he was responsible for bringing many magicians to Columbus for their programs. He produced shows for Knights of Columbus and for several years directed a show each year for the Columbus and Southern Ohio Electric Co.
He served as the director of the Annual Magi-Fest held in Columbus from it's initiation until his death.