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Charley Sylber

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Charley Sylber
BornCharles Edgar Silber, Jr.
July 18, 1896
Cincinnati, Ohio
DiedFebruary 11, 1967 (age 70)
Riverside, California

Charley Sylber (1896-1967) invented "Charles Out Of My Hat" and operated The Magic House of Charles on Hollywood Boulevard before moving his magic shop to the Mission Inn in Riverside, California.


Born Charles Edgar Silber Jr. on July 18, 1896 in Cincinnati, Ohio, for numerology reasons he changed the spelling of his last name to SYLBER. He began his Show Business career in 1909 at the age of 13 playing The Duck in Gus Edward's "School Days" He became a musical comedy star in the 1920's playing leading roles in "Rio Rita" and "Makin' Whoopie" in Australia. While in Australia he became close friends with Charles Kingsford Smith, Australia's Charles Lindbergh.

Charley was married to vaudeville star May Elizabeth Daily with whom he had one son, Charles Kingsford Sylber. May passed away and Charley married Pam Batchelder with whom he had daughter, Cappi. Charley died at the age of 70 while performing a magic trick for a customer on February 11,1967.

Sylber marketed the routine Out of My Hat beginning around 1942.[1]

During his performing career, Charley appeared in more than 70 movies. In addition he served as technical advisor for a number of producers, who from time to time, had magic scenes.[2][3]


  1. Ad in Genii 1942 August.
  2. Obit, Linking Ring, Apr 1967
  3. Charley_Sylber at the Internet Movie Database