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Cecil Lyle

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Cecil Lyle
BornCecil Lyle Cohen
September 26, 1889
DiedMarch 9, 1955 (age 65)

Cecil Lyle (1889 - 1955) was hailed as a conjuring prodigy appearing in Maskelyne and Devant's program at St. George's Hall.


He performed as The Great Lyle and his Magical Milliner Act included Paper Hat Tear, women from hatboxes and his Flying Gramophone which vanished while playing (which was later done by Robert Harbin as the Vanishing Radio).

He wife and assistant was Lucille LaFarge (Marguerite "Margaret" Ingram Lyle (c.1903-1982)), who continued to used her professional modelling name in the act.

Cecil was an early member of The Magic Circle and was a holder of the Gold Medal.

The following is a list and brief description of some of Lyle's inventions :

  • Chocolate Box, Card, and Cigarettes (1911)
  • Flying Golf Club (1912)
  • Giant Slates (1913)
  • Large Chocolate Box Illusion (1913)
  • Golden Horseshoe (1915)
  • Tennis Ball Production (1915)
  • Golden Locket (1919)
  • Rose Basket (1919)
  • Vanity Bag (1920)
  • Paper Hat Trick (1920)

Lyle is also the inventor of the China Tea Illusion, used by the Chung Ling Soo.[1] Cecil was at the show when his friend Chung Ling Soo bullet catch trick went tragically wrong.



  1. Tricks That Mystify by Will Goldston (1934)
  2. Genii Magazine, Vol. 68, No. 10, October 2005, Light from the Lamp, Books Reviewed by M. Close – The Great Lyle, by Edwin A. Dawes, page 100