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BornJose Avelino da Silva
circa 1887
Ilha do Faial, Azores, Portugal
DiedMarch of 1966 (age 78)
North Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Diavolino (c.1887-1966) was the stage name of escape artist and magician Joseph Sylvia.[1]


After moving to the United States, Sylvia, began his career as a magician in 1908 at the age of 21, when he jumped hand-cuffed, into the Acushnet River from the Fairhaven Bridge. He was active in magic for more than fifty years.

He would later become noted for his construction of magical props and be known as the "King of Feather Flowers".

After settling in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1949, Diavolino became a member of the Magic Wand Club of New Bedford. He came out of "retirement" in 1949 to perform magic for local organizations.[2]


  1. Who's Who in Magic: An International Biographical Guide From Past to Present by Bart Whaley (1990)
  2. Obit,Linking Ring, Apr 1966