Ellen Armstrong (1914-?)


Ellen E. Armstrong, daughter of J. Hartford Armstrong, carried on with the magic show (debuted in 1889) after his death and billing herself the "Mistress of Modern Magic."

Her mother, Mabel died shortly after her birth. By the age of six, she was assisting her father and new step-mom in the show.

By the time she was in her teens, she had taken over the "Chalk Talk" (a combination of story telling with drawing, usually in a funny way) part of the show.

In her early years on her own, she featured the tricks and illusions of her father, such as "The Miser's Dream" and "The Mutilated Parasol." As time went on, she focused more on the drawing ability, billing herself as the "Cartoonist Extraordinary."

Armstrong retired in 1970 and spent her remaining years in a nursing home in Spartanburg, South Carolina.


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