The Roberts

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The Roberts were Lucille (c. 1909-1977) and Eddie Roberts (?), a husband and wife comedy mentalism act well known for performing a Second Sight routine from the 1940s to the 1960s.

After a brief apprenticeship with Nicola, they were headliners in the leading United State night clubs.[1]
Cover of Genii (1942)

Eddie (Edwin G. Gaillard) learned magic from his father, Edwin White Gaillard, a writer and scholar, who was an amateur magician.[2] As a youngster, he worked as a demonstrator at various New York magic dealers and as a Svengali pitchman.[3]

He married Lucille around 1930 and they soon became a struggling mental act until they joined Nicola in 1938. As assistants to the Great Nicola, they presented their telepathy act in the show. Nicola retired after he lost stage show when the ship they were touring on hit a mine in a Singapore harbor in 1939. The Roberts continued on performing in the nightclub circuit. They used the billing, "What's on Your Mind?"

Lucille would be blindfolded on the stage and Eddie would go through the audience touching objects or getting questions which Lucille identified as they made witty repartee.[4] About three fourths of the way through the act, they feigned a slight dispute and changed places, with Eddie now blindfolded and Lucille in the audience.[5]

They were part of the U.S.O. that entertained servicemen.[6] Eddie also served as a Sargent for two and a half years. [7] He worked at the Special Service Office at Fort Meade, Maryland.[8]

One of their publicity picture can bee seen in 13 Steps to Mentalism (page 333).

The Roberts credit The Great Nicola as their teacher. [9]In Matthew Henry Harcourt's obituary in the Linking Ring, May 1964, it is claimed that he also taught them.

Lucille was living in Virginia when she passed away in 1977.[10]

References

  1. Cover Genii 1942 December
  2. Cover, Sphinx, December 1941
  3. The Illustrated History of Magic by Milbourne Christopher (1973)
  4. "IN PERSON" (First Installment of a Series), Stuart Cramer, Magicol No. 88
  5. Harry Riser, MUM, May 1997
  6. Cues:Variations or the Second Sight Act by Leo Behnke (2005)
  7. Linking Ring, November 1945
  8. Preston News, Linking Ring, February 1947
  9. AMERICAN PROFILES BY ROBERT LUND, THE ROBERTS, Abra,7th JANUARY, 1950.
  10. Abra, 24th SEPTEMBER, 1977
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