Date of Birth
October 13, 1894, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
Date of Death
September 2, 1940, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Caryl Stacy Fleming
Caryl Stacy Fleming was born Oct 13, 1890 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His World War I draft registration signed June 5, 1917 (age
26) has him living at Riverside Drive, New York City, employed by Film Craft Corporation in NYC as a motion picture director
-- a far cry from Cedar Rapids. At that time, Caryl was described as "blue, blonde, slender and tall."
Caryl married Constance Ethel Norton of New York City (born Aug 2, 1895), and they lived in New York City for a time, where
he was involved in moviemaking and she had family. Their only child was Marjorie Gladys Fleming, born August 8, 1917, but
as fate would have it, by 1920 Constance and Caryl had divorced and he was living in Southern California and she in New York.
In the aftermath of their divorce, Constance Fleming resumed her maiden name of Norton and family folklore confirms an unduly
Caryl's sizeable alimony & child support payments provided quite well for Constance and the baby. According to records, by
1922 Caryl's ex-wife Constance Norton, arrived at New York City and was processed at Ellis Island having sailed from Liverpool.
Traveling alone, her destination was to be 100 Cathedral Parkway, NYC, a very exclusive address across from Central Park.
The 1930 federal Census shows him living at California, Los Angeles County, Beverly Hills. Caryl, 39 and divorced, having
married at 27, was living with his widowed mother Grace R. Glaser, 59, at his Beverly Hills home.
Caryl worked as an actor, director, writer and amateur magician in New York and later in Los Angeles. His interest in magic
never waned and as a result, in the spring of 1938, he helped charter a new magic club of the International Brotherhood of
Magicians, christened "Hollywood RING 21."
As a charter member of Hollywood RING 21, Caryl rubbed shoulders and shared the limelight with such luminaries as; internationally
acclaimed author Harold Robbins, attorney William W. Larsen, master magic craftsman Floyd Thayer, legendary stage magician
"The Great Leon", author, hypnotist & mentalist Arnold Furstenberg and B-movie actor Chester Morris among many others.
As fate would have it, at age 49, Caryl Fleming died on September 2, 1940 in Los Angeles while performing a card trick...just
one month shy of his 50th birthday.
At the time of his death, The Reno Gazette called him a financier and amateur magician. He was past President of Pacific
Coast Association of Magicians, officer of Manhattan Trade School and of a trade school in Chicago.
According to several accounts, Caryl never told the same story twice when asked about his age or childhood, and given the
nasty divorce and an apparent unhappy childhood, it seems all too believable.
The Reno article put his worth at $895,000, which was quite sizeable back in 1940. Due to his divorce from Constance Fleming,
Caryl had separated from his infant daughter (Marjorie Gladys Fleming) and his 1940 will adamantly declined to leave anything
to either her or his ex-wife.