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Olaf T. Gylleck

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Olaf T. Gylleck
BornJune 6, 1886
DiedApril 20, 1967 (age 80)
Grand Haven, Michigan

Olaf T. Gylleck (1886-1967) was a professional vaudeville magician from 1907 until 1910 until family life forced him to find a more stable job in the printing industry, settling down in Michigan as a semi-pro.


Gylleck, taught magic by his amateur magician father, performed before the public for upwards of 50 years, in vaudeville and as a club performer. At one time he worked a double ac with his brother, Elmer.[1]

Born in Denmark, but moved as child to United States where he was raised in Dixon, Illinois (outside of Chicago). As a young adult, he went into vaudeville as a professional magician.[2] From 1907 to 1910, Gylleckwas very successful, touring Vaudeville.[3]

After settling down in Michigan, Gylleck never missed an Abbott's Get-Together.

Sample program from 1917:

  • Part 1. Devils Dream. Restoration. Digital Dexterity. The Impossible Possible. Penetration of Matter.
  • Part 2. Elmer Gylleck, Ventriloquism.
  • Part 3. An Eggstraordinary Eggsperiment. A Boy, a Lemon and an Egg. Here, There, Nowhere.
  • Part 4. Flags of all nations. A Patriotic Finale.

Awards and Honors

  • On a trip to Denmark, he was made an honorary member of the Magisk Cirkel, whose magazine described him as "a likeable U.S.A. Swindler!"


Magazine Contributions



  1. Obit Abracadabra May 6th, 1967
  2. Obit Linking Ring June 1967
  3. Cover Magic World June 1919