Silvan (illusionist)

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

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

(1937-05-18) 18 May 1937

Life and career

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] After six decades as a magician Silvan continues to perform on television and touring his full evening show.

Silvan won two Merlin Awards, in 1998 and in 2011, being the first Italian magician 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] In 2018 The Magic Circle awarded him The Devant for "Services to International Magic".

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. Giorgio Dell’Arti, Massimo Parrini. Catalogo dei viventi. Marsilio, 2009. ISBN 9788831795999.
  2. 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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