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KERRY NEWS CHRISTMAS 2019
SYLVANO
Kerry’s Favourite Magician for over half a century... and it’s no illusion!
Sylvano in Aghadoe.. just magic!
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     He was once buried underground in a coffin, he has graced magician stages with luminaries like Harry BlacktsoneandPaulDaniels andforallhismagicalpowers our very own Sylvano has not yet disappeared from the stage.
Celebrating 60 years of ‘abrabcadabra’ where he has entertained generations of Kerry folk, Sylvano is not slowing down yet and as quick as he makes the visible, invisible he is back for the next trick. Cards, coins, flower pots, it dosen’t matter to Sylvano he has the ‘power’ to vanish anything and in his own imitable way, in true Kerry accent he can still capture young and old with his traditional magic tricks.
“There was a time when we used rabbits, doves and even mice, but they are not really acceptable anymore so we now have sustainable tricks” says Sylvano The Great, as he slights another card from his pocket.
“How did you do that”? is Sylvano’s favourite question because that’s confirmation the tricked worked. Whether it’s a 3 year old child wondering about the talking duck or the granny who can’t believe he can now read her mind he has his audience in the palm of his hands literally.
The wonder and awe of what we saw, a magician’s mystical powers, lives on in everyones memory from childhood. Even with television and modern kids games, the magician is still the favoured entertainer.
Sylvano’s lifetime of passion began as a 10 year old Kilcummin boy in 1954 while recuperating from an eye operation in a Cork hospital. A youthful Pat O’Sullivan was captivated by a circus clown entertaining the young patients with fun and spell binding magic.Hesethissightson a conjurers set and within weeks and after many hours of practice he had his friends in the ‘palm of his hands’.
“The first trick I ever did was to turn a halfpenny into a shilling” says Sylvano adding that it was the most costly trick
he ever did as he lost 10/6 each time he did it! “I soon learned a few new tricks after that”! Born and raised in Kilcummin, ‘Sylvano’ is an anagram, well almost, of O’Sullivan. His first public performance was in Currans Hall for the Kilcummin Drama Group where he entertained children and adults for over an hour in a spell binding performance. From there Sylvano never looked back and has ‘appeared’ on numerous diverse tv shows from Newsbeat in 1966, to the Late Late Show in 1982 and even the BBC show Opportunity Knocks with Hughie Green, for those who remember him. “He vanished soon after I appeared on his show” shrugs the magician. Other notable stars under Sylvano’s spell were Jeremy Beadle, George Best and An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern who once jokingly asked could he make a few politicians dissappear... permanently! Sylvano has entertained children all over Ireland for the past half century, but not all tricks worked according to plan. He remembers, or will never forget, the Tops of the Town in the Killarney Town Hall in 1974. While performing a levitating act with Willie Healy, he suddenly lost his balance and instead of Willie floating in the air he ended up floating off the stage and into the pit where he crashed down upon the orchestra.
Sylvano is a founder member of the Kerry Magic Circle, a member of the Order of Merlin and a former president of the Irish Ring of Magicians. A retired welder from Liebherr he is as busy as ever doing his magic at the county field days, birthday parties and corporate events.
His style is unique and has patented three tricks, one with a rubic cube, one with colour rings and one an intriguing trans-formation from a cardboard box into a doll. He admires the work of David Copperfield, Keith Barry and David Blain but his idol was Harry Blackstone whom he performed with on one occasion. “Blackstone captivated an audience like no other magician. I still don’t
know how he made a bird cage disappear on stage while five people had their hands around it!” says the bewildered magician.
Sylvano reveals his favourite trick which always excites the audience, the old ‘egg in the brown bag’ trick. It involves moving the same egg many times in as many moves to ensure the egg disappears and reappears and is a sure fire winner. He is currently researching a special Kerry trick which he hopes to perfect in the ‘magic workshop’ over the coming months. “It’s still a secret” concludes the master! Sylvano teaches the art of magic in his backyard ‘Museum of Magic’ at home in Farranfore County Kerry. “There is nowhere for budding magicians to learn the trade and so I decided to convert my old garage into a museum and magic school, where aspiring conjurers can come and learn the ‘secrets’ of the trade” says Sylvano .
‘Years ago my phone number was Farranfore 91 and the local presbytery in Firies was Farranfore 19 so a few folk would dial the wrong
Sylvano with wife Eilish in 1984
number on occassions. One day our lovely parish priest Fr Curran got yet another wrong number call asking could he speak to the magician to which Fr Curran wittingly replied “There’s no magic in God’s House” and hung up. Married to Elish (his ‘Debbie Magee’ assistant) they have two daughters Caroline and Anita both married in Kildare and four grandchildren.
‘My grandkids love my magic and its very special and rewarding for them. They love the talking duck who assists me with a card trick” laughs the affable conjurer.
Looking forward to working and some downtime this Christmas Sylvano is on the lookout for the perfect trick; one he could get pass his friends Timmy Moriarty, Padraig Griffin or the late Pat Lynch. They admired his skills and everything circussy and wizardry but for now finding that trick is proving just as illusive.
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   Sylvano pictured with Paul Daniels
        Sylvano in 198m4 at Arus Phadraig Variety Show with at back Mary O’Leary, Dance School, Mike Quirke, singer, Eilish O’Sullivan, Mary Ryan and in front, O’Leary Dancers and the Nic Carra sisters.
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