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Harold Sterling

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Harold Sterling
BornHarold E. Fackler
April 4, 1899
Greenwich, Ohio,
DiedOctober 13, 1977 (age 78)
New Port Richey, Florida

Harold Sterling (1899-1977) performed as a magician on the Chautauqua circuit with his wife, Gloria, as "The Sterlings". He also wrote under the pen name of Thelmo.


After serving in War War I, he turned professional, worked carnivals, featured a Punch and Judy show, and then moved on to the school show circuit.

He later opened the Sterling Magic Company in Detroit, Michigan starting in 1939. He created and marketed the effect MIKO in 1943.

In the late 1950s, he sold his complete wholesale business to Gene Devoe, of Devoe's Magic Den, in St. Louis, Missouri.[1] [2]

Awards and honors

Sterling received a 25-year membership award during the 27th annual convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in Pittsburgh (1955).


  • Thelmo's First Book of Magic (1929)
  • Fifty Tricks with a Bottomless Tumbler (1950)


  1. Obit, The Linking Ring, Vol. 57, No. 12, December 1977, Magic Loses Two Stalwarts, page 58
  2. Obit, The New Tops, Vol. 17, No. 12, December 1977, Final Curtain, HAROLD STERLING, page 37
  • The Linking Ring, Vol.36, No. 9. November 1956, HAROLD STERLING, Sterling Magic Co. page 99