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BornRichard Snyder Silvis
July 28, 1904
DiedDecember 25, 1991 (age 87)
Mt. Pleasant,Pennsylvania

Traddles (1904-1991) was the part-time professional magician, Richard S. Silvis, who began performing in 1921.


Silvis was a principal at South Huntingdon Township High School at Mendon, Pennsylvania. He served as solicitor for the Borough of Hunker for 26 years. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and a graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law. He was also a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S.Marine Corp.[1]

He specialized in silks, cards, coins, illusions and ventriloquism and was a member of S.A.M. and I.B.M..[2]

He received his 25-year emblem from the IBM in 1956.


  2. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, August, 1932