Marshall Sylver

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Marshall Sylver
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Born Marshall Walter Sylwestrzak
(1962-05-19) May 19, 1962 (age 53)
Residence Las Vegas, NV
Occupation Motivational Speaker, Author, Hypnotist, Entertainer

Marshall Sylver, born Marshall Walter Sylwestrzak, is a motivational speaker, author, and performance hypnotist who works primarily in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has billed himself as "The World's Fastest Hypnotist".[1]

His Vegas shows have been at the Sahara Hotel, the Stratosphere, the Palms and Harrah’s. He has been on television shows including Late Night with David Letterman and The Montel Williams Show. He hosts a radio show and starred in a 2010 movie, in addition to the book he wrote called “Passion, Profit & Power.” He has had many legal issues stemming from indictment for fraud, sale and possession of counterfeit money and gambling debts.


Before becoming a stage hypnotist in 1985, he worked as a disc jockey and a professional magician.[2]

Hypnosis Show[edit]

Sylver had a hypnosis show at Harrah's in Las Vegas in 2007[3] and at the Palms in 2003.[4]

He also had shows at the Sahara Hotel and the Stratosphere [5] in the mid-1990s.


Sylver has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman[6] and The Montel Williams Show.[7]

He had an infomercial, Passion Profit & Power, that ran in the mid-1990s.[8]

In the first episode of the third series of Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends, Sylver's seminars were featured, where the power of persuasion was purportedly used to motivate attendees to become self-made millionaires.[9]


Sylver is a motivational speaker and business consultant. He was a speaker at the Learning Annex "Wealth Expo" along with Tony Robbins in 2006[10] as well as the First Annual Entrepreneur Success Summit in 2010.[11] He also hosts the "Turning Point Seminar."[12]

Books and CDs[edit]

Sylver wrote a book titled "Passion, Profit & Power," which was published by Simon & Schuster in 1997, along with audio cassettes by the same name, as part of a subconscious training system.[13] "Passion, Profit & Power" was a bestseller from Berita Book Centre and MPH Bookstores for the week of July 19, 1997.[14]

Radio and Movies[edit]

Sylver hosts a radio show titled "Get Rich Radio."[15] He starred in the 2010 movie "Tranced," which was the first movie intended to hypnotize the audience.[16]

Legal issues[edit]

Indictment for Fraud[edit]

On April 14, 2003, a grand jury indicted Sylver on nine felony counts of obtaining money under false pretenses.[17]

Five of the nine witnesses against Sylver were able to eventually get their money back by winning civil judgments against him in small claims court.[18]

Sale and Possession of counterfeit money[edit]

In 1984, Sylver pled guilty to the sale and possession of counterfeit federal reserve notes.[19]

Lawsuit over gambling debts[edit]

The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas filed a lawsuit against Sylver, alleging he amassed over $200,000 in gambling debts.[20]

Files for Bankruptcy[edit]

June 24th 2013 Mr. Sylver files for bankruptcy protection.[21]



  1. ^ Strauss, Duncan (Sep 27, 1988). "'Fastest Hypnotist' Sylver Is on Stage Even When off". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ Arnold, Thomas K. (Oct 22, 1986). "SAN DIEGO HYPNOTIST IS STAR OF STAGE, TV-AND OFFICE". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ "Hypnotist Marshall Sylver". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2007-09-14. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  4. ^ "Mistrial declared in hypnotist theft case". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2003-12-20. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  5. ^ "Hypnotist Sylver blends show biz with sales pitch in act". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 1997-06-27. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  6. ^ "TV Highlights". The Victoria Acvocate. 1987-09-09. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  7. ^ "The Montel Williams Show". 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  8. ^ "Siskel and Ebert of infomercials pick, pan long ads". Baltimore Sun. 1994-07-10. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  9. ^ "Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends Series 3". BBC. 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  10. ^ Macomber, Shawn (Dec 6, 2006). "Straight Shooter". American Spectator. 
  11. ^ Irons, Mike (May 13, 2010). " Features Chuck Mullaney". News Around the World Today. 
  12. ^ Glenda, Luymes (March 7, 2010). "Hypnotist Mesmerizes Crowd of Hundreds". The Vancouver Province. 
  13. ^ "Passion Profit & Power". Simon & Schuster. 1997. 
  14. ^ "Bestsellers". New Straits Times. July 19, 1997. 
  15. ^ "Get Rich RAdio". 
  16. ^ "Tranced". 2010. 
  17. ^ "Hypnotist indicted on nine felony theft counts". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2003-04-15. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  18. ^ Kalil, J.M. (2003-12-08). "Hypnotist on trial, accused of bilking customers in self-help program". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  19. ^ Grimes, William (2007-02-07). "Back on the Road, Tracking the Red, White and Odd". The New York Times. 
  20. ^ Knapp, George. "Hypnotist Facing New Problems". KLAS-TV. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  21. ^ Retrieved 2015-06-23.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)

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