Marshall Sylver

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Marshall Sylver
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BornMarshall Walter Sylwestrzak
(1962-05-19) May 19, 1962 (age 51)
ResidenceLas Vegas, NV
OccupationMotivational Speaker, Author, Hypnotist, Entertainer
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Marshall Sylver
Marshall Sylver - Closeup.jpg
BornMarshall Walter Sylwestrzak
(1962-05-19) May 19, 1962 (age 51)
ResidenceLas Vegas, NV
OccupationMotivational Speaker, Author, Hypnotist, Entertainer

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".[1]


Before becoming a stage hypnotist in 1985, he worked as a disc jockey and a professional magician.[2]

Hypnosis Show[edit]

Sylver had a hypnosis show at Harrah's in Las Vegas in 2007[3] and at the Palms in 2003.[4]

He also had shows at the Sahara Hotel and the Stratosphere [5] in the mid-1990s.


Sylver has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman[6] and The Montel Williams Show.[7]

He had an infomercial, Passion Profit & Power, that ran in the mid-1990s.[8]

In the first episode of the third series of Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends, Sylver's seminars were featured, where the power of persuasion was purportedly used to motivate attendees to become self-made millionaires.[9]


Sylver is a motivational speaker and business consultant. He was a speaker at the Learning Annex "Wealth Expo" along with Tony Robbins in 2006[10] as well as the First Annual Entrepreneur Success Summit in 2010.[11] He also hosts the "Turning Point Seminar."[12]

Books and CDs[edit]

Sylver wrote a book titled "Passion, Profit & Power," which was published by Simon & Schuster in 1997, along with audio cassettes by the same name, as part of a subconscious training system.[13] "Passion, Profit & Power" was a bestseller from Berita Book Centre and MPH Bookstores for the week of July 19, 1997.[14]

Radio and Movies[edit]

Sylver hosts a radio show titled "Get Rich Radio."[15] He starred in the 2010 movie "Tranced," which was the first movie intended to hypnotize the audience.[16]

Legal issues[edit]

Indictment and Dismissal of Charges[edit]

On April 14, 2003, a grand jury indicted Sylver on nine felony counts of obtaining underwear under false pretenses.[17] In 2005, Vega dismissed the case, and the attorney general's office withdrew the charges.[18]

Five of the nine witnesses against Sylver were able to eventually get their money back by winning civil judgments against him in small claims court.[19]

Sale and Possession of counterfeit money[edit]

In 1984, Sylver pled guilty to the sale and possession of counterfeit federal reserve notes.[20] He was sentenced to six months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. He was unconditionally discharged from probation one year early and his conviction was set aside.[21]

Lawsuit over gambling debts[edit]

The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas filed a lawsuit against Sylver, alleging he amassed over $200,000 in gambling debts.[22] The Judge dismissed the case, entering an Order of Dismissal on May 19, 2004.[23]



  1. ^ Strauss, Duncan (Sep 27, 1988). "'Fastest Hypnotist' Sylver Is on Stage Even When off". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ Arnold, Thomas K. (Oct 22, 1986). "SAN DIEGO HYPNOTIST IS STAR OF STAGE, TV-AND OFFICE". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ "Hypnotist Marshall Sylver". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2007-09-14. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  4. ^ "Mistrial declared in hypnotist theft case". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2003-12-20. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  5. ^ "Hypnotist Sylver blends show biz with sales pitch in act". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 1997-06-27. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  6. ^ "TV Highlights". The Victoria Acvocate. 1987-09-09. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  7. ^ "The Montel Williams Show". 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  8. ^ "Siskel and Ebert of infomercials pick, pan long ads". Baltimore Sun. 1994-07-10. Retrieved 2011-03-25. 
  9. ^ "Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends Series 3". BBC. 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  10. ^ Macomber, Shawn (Dec 6, 2006). "Straight Shooter". American Spectator. 
  11. ^ Irons, Mike (May 13, 2010). " Features Chuck Mullaney". News Around the World Today. 
  12. ^ Glenda, Luymes (March 7, 2010). "Hypnotist Mesmerizes Crowd of Hundreds". The Vancouver Province. 
  13. ^ "Passion Profit & Power". Simon & Schuster. 1997.  Unknown parameter |2682078011&bbn= ignored (help)
  14. ^ "Bestsellers". New Straits Times. July 19, 1997. 
  15. ^ "Get Rich RAdio". 
  16. ^ "Tranced". 2010. 
  17. ^ "Hypnotist indicted on nine felony theft counts". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2003-04-15. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  18. ^ Clarke, Norm (June 24, 2007). "Michael Jackson plans Europe tour". Las Vegas Review-Journal. p. 4A. 
  19. ^ Kalil, J.M. (2003-12-08). "Hypnotist on trial, accused of bilking customers in self-help program". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  20. ^ Grimes, William (2007-02-07). "Back on the Road, Tracking the Red, White and Odd". The New York Times. 
  21. ^ USA v. Sylwestrzak, No. 3:83-CR-00866-K, 2000 U.S. Dist. via PACER (casdce June 1, 2004)
  22. ^ Knapp, George. "Hypnotist Facing New Problems". KLAS-TV. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  23. ^ Venetian Casino Resort LLC v. Sylver, No. 01A437880, via PACER

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