Lady Frances

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Lady Frances

Cover of Genii (1951)

Flourished1930s - 1950s

Lady Frances, once married to magician Larry Hess, started assisting him in 1934. She later toured with her own act after 1946. [1]

Biography

She was one of the leading performing magicienne as a headlining act performing in all of the top hotels and clubs. [2]

Frances appeared on the Bonnie Maid show with Woody Herman, Stop the Music with Bert Parks and Break the Bank Show with Bert Parks, and Joey Bishop's television show.[3][4]

She served Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II.[5]

In 1946, she was awarded the trophy for best act involving the use of magical apparatus either in whole or part, at the P.C.A.M. Convention shows or contests.[6]

After her marriage to the William Van Every, a famous historical novelist, Frances retired from show business in Santa Barbara California. When the S.A.M. convention came to California in 1980, Frances decided to perform again and won the Women's Magic Award contest.[7]

Frances was a member of the New York Magicians' Guild, Los Angeles Magigals, Chicago Round Table, I.B.M., Magicians Alliance of Eastern States and P.C.A.M.

References

  1. WOMEN IN MAGIC, DAI VERNON A MAGICAL LIFE, VOLUME 4
  2. MUM, FEBRUARY 1986
  3. Cover, Genii 1951 May
  4. WOMEN OF THE WAND BY LINDSEY JANSEN Genii 1991 July
  5. MAGIC IN MILITARY SERVICE 1942-1946 by Lady Frances — Captain, U.S. Army Air Corps Lady Frances, MUM, December 1980
  6. Genii 1951 March
  7. MUM April 1981
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