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Lucille Roberts

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Lucille Roberts


Cover of Genii (1942)
BornEmma Louise Roberts
March 19, 1909
Arvonia, Virginia
DiedJune 1977 (age 68)
Flourished1940s - 1960s

Lucille Roberts (Gaillard) (c. 1909 - 1977) performed a comedy mentalism act as "The Roberts" with her husband Eddie Roberts (Edwin Gibson Gaillard). They were well known for performing a Second Sight routine.


After a brief apprenticeship with Nicola in 1939 as his assistants as well as performing their telepathy act. Lucille and her husband Eddie continued to tour with their successful act. They became headliners in the leading United State night clubs.[1]

They were married on October 31, 1930 and soon became a struggling mental act until they joined Nicola in 1938. As assistants to him, they presented their telepathy act in the show. Nicola retired after he lost his stage show when the ship, the SS Sirdhana they were sailing on was hit by a mine at the mouth of the Singapore harbor in 1939. Nicola stayed in Singapore for a few months after 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.[2] 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.[3]

They were part of the U.S.O. that entertained servicemen.[4]

A publicity photo can bee seen in 13 Steps to Mentalism (page 333).

Lucille was living in Virginia when she passed away.[5]


  1. Cover Genii 1942 December
  2. "IN PERSON" (First Installment of a Series), Stuart Cramer, Magicol No. 88
  3. Harry Riser, MUM, May 1997
  4. Cues:Variations or the Second Sight Act by Leo Behnke (2005)
  5. Abra, 24th SEPTEMBER, 1977