Marshall Sylver, born Marshall Walter Sylwestrzak, is a motivational speaker, author, and performance hypnotist who works primarily in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has billed himself as “The World’s Fastest Hypnotist”.
His Vegas shows have been at the Sahara Hotel, the Stratosphere, the Palms and Harrah’s. He has been on television shows including “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Montel Williams Show”. He hosts a radio show and starred in a 2010 movie, in addition to the book he wrote called “Passion, Profit & Power.”
Marshall Sylwestrzak is the seventh of 10 children born to Virginia “Babe” Sylwestrzak, and spent most of his childhood in Almont, Michigan. Growing up, Sylver’s mom worked various jobs, including owning “a little truck stop/airport restaurant business.” Later, she worked for a local Office of Economic Opportunity as supervisor of three counties.
It was during Sylver’s early childhood that he first became interested in magic after watching a brother perform some tricks he had learned from an issue of Boys’ Life.
“Even though I was only seven at the time, it was obvious to me what my brother was doing. But when I impressed my Dad when I did the tricks myself, it was such an incredible feeling….And I was hooked,” he said.
In 1976, his family moved to San Diego, where he attended Kearny High School.
After moving to San Diego, Sylver worked in retail and later as a gas station attendant while in school. It’s in that job that Sylver met the program director for 104 KJOY-FM radio in San Diego, who offered him an internship. One evening at the station, Sylver was given the opportunity to DJ when one of the on-air personalities called in. He was later hired as a regular DJ.
Before becoming a stage hypnotist in 1985, he also worked as a professional magician, in addition to his paid disc jockey work noted above.