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Ellen Armstrong

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Ellen Armstrong
BornEllen E. Armstrong

Ellen Armstrong (b.1914), daughter of J. Hartford Armstrong, carried on with the show after his death, as the "Mistress of Modern Magic".


Her mother, Mabel died shortly after her birth. By the age of six, 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 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 "Cartoonist Extraordinary."

Ellen Armstrong retired in 1970 and spent her remaining years in a nursing home in Spartanburg, South Carolina. [1][2]


  1. Conjure Times : Black Magicians in America by Jim Haskins, Kathleen Benson (2001)