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Caryl Fleming

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Caryl Fleming

Cover of Genii (1938)
BornCaryl Stacy Fleming
October 13, 1890
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
DiedSeptember 02, 1940 (age 49)
Los Angeles
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery

Caryl "Carl" Fleming (1890-1940) was known for making special chemicals, like It's a Pip liquid which he created with Judge Charles W. Fricke in 1937.


In 1917, he was employed by Film Craft Corporation in New York City as a motion picture director. Fleming worked as an actor, director, writer and amateur magician in New York and later in Los Angeles.

In 1938, he helped charter the International Brotherhood of Magicians "Hollywood Ring 21" which was later changed to the "Caryl Fleming Ring". He was also a president of the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians and started the International Alliance of Magicians.

He was known for making special chemicals, like It's a Pip liquid which he created with Charles W. Fricke (Judge) in 1937.

Fleming wrote a series of twelve articles in Genii entitled So Your Club Is Going to Give a Show from September 1936 to August 1937.

He died in Los Angeles while performing a card trick, just one month before his 50th birthday.

After his death a trophy was established for the IBM national convention of originality called the Fleming Perpetual award and held for 1 year. The wooden and lead trophy is currently in the IBM offices and in need of repair.[1][2][3][4][5]


  1. Cover Genii 1936 December
  2. Cover Genii 1938 December
  3. Cover Genii 1941 September
  5. Tops Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 11, November 1940, Caryl Fleming, by Lloyd E. Jones, page 10
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 39, No. 7, September 1940, Caryl Stacy Fleming Dies, page 168
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 20, No. 8, October 1940, Caryl S. Fleming Passes On, page 587
  • Tops Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 10, October 1940, World of Magic Mourns Caryl S. Fleming, page 15