Silvan (illusionist)

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Silvan makes Mita Medici levitate (Canzonissima, 1973)
Aldo Savoldello

(1937-05-18) 18 May 1937 (age 81)

Silvan (born May 18, 1937) is an Italian illusionist, writer and television personality.

Life and career[edit]

Born Aldo Savoldello in Venice, Silvan started his career at 20 years old and made his television debut in 1956, in the RAI show Primo applauso ("First applause").[1][2] He gained mainstream popularity in 1973 hosting the RAI Saturday night magic and illusionism show Sim Sala Bim.[1][2]

Silvan won two Merlin Awards, in 1998 and in 2011, being the first Italian illusionist to win the award.[3] The Academy of Magical Arts awarded him "Magician of the Year" twice, in 1990 and in 1999.[2] He is also in the “Hall of Fame” of the Society of American Magicians.[2]

Silvan has written several books, appeared in some films and has collaborated with a number of publications.[2] He is an honorary member of CICAP, a skeptic scientific organization.[2]


  1. ^ a b Giorgio Dell’Arti, Massimo Parrini. Catalogo dei viventi. Marsilio, 2009. ISBN 9788831795999.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Filippo Cioni (23 August 2010). "La Pampanini mi disse: "Col mio nome farai fortuna"". Corriere Canadese. p. 6.
  3. ^ "Teatro: al mago Silvan il 'Merlin Award', l'Oscar degli illusionisti". Adnkronos. 21 February 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2014.

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