David Kaye (magician)

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David Kaye (born David Friedman) is a professional magician and author. He performs under the stage name Silly Billy.


He authored a long-running column for Magic magazine entitled, "Turn it around: Magic for the family audience."[1]

Personal life[edit]

Kaye is the son of Arnold and Elaine Friedman. He is the oldest of their three sons. Kaye's younger brothers are Seth and Jesse.[2] He grew up in Flushing, Queens, and then moved to Great Neck, Long Island, with his family when he was a teenager.[3]

In 1987, Kaye's father Arnold and his youngest brother Jesse were charged with molesting young boys in computer classes taught in the basement of the Friedman's Great Neck home.[3] In 1988, Arnold and Jesse pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse and went to prison. The case was chronicled in the 2003 documentary Capturing the Friedmans, in which Kaye was featured prominently.[2]

Kaye adopted his current surname in the 1990s.[4] Kaye's registration of the surname Kaye with the SAG-AFTRA union for his stage name was due to 'David Friedman' being registered with 27 other individuals as of 2003.[3]


  1. ^ Kaye, David (April 2007). "Turn it around". Magic. 16 (8): 92–93.
  2. ^ a b "Brother's Keeper". Long Island Press. June 12, 2003.
  3. ^ a b c "COPING; A Clown's Sad Tale, And the Solace Of a Silly Hat". The New York Times. June 8, 2003.
  4. ^ "Man about clown: New York's best-known party clown talks about magic, psychology and life after Capturing the Friedmans". Time Out New York. March 1, 2005.

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