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BornLyle Fred Laughlin
April 04, 1906
Oakdale, California
DiedOctober 26, 1996 (age 90)
El Cerrito, California

Carlyle (1906-1996) performed his stage act around the United States in auditoriums, hotels and supper clubs throughout the Depression.


He worked numerous odd jobs and served in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Navy before becoming a professional performer in the late 1920's, using the stage name Carlyle.

He retired from performing in 1954, settling down to raise his kids, operating a successful camera repairing business in Oakland, California.

His wife and assistant, Wanda, was a past officer of the International Magigals. She passed away in 1982.

Carlyle invented the Three-To-One Ropes routine and contributed many effects to Genii and Hugard's Magic Monthly.

Carlyle was eulogized at his funeral on October 30th, 1996 by his longtime friend Lee Grabel.[1][2][3]


  1. Genii, Vol. 60, No. 4, February 1997, In Memorium Lyle F. Laughlin, page 72
  2. The Linking Ring, Vol. 77, No. 3, March 1997, BROKEN WAND LYLE F. (CARLYLE) LAUGHLIN, page 144
  3. M-U-M, Vol. 86, No. 10, March 1997, BROKEN WANDS Lyle F. Laughlin, page 47