Ellen E. Armstrong First African American Female Magician Poster

In 1939, Ellen E. Armstrong pulled off one of the slickest tricks the performing world had ever seen.

Born in 1914, the 25-year-old daughter of J. Hartford and Lillie Belle Armstrong took over her father’s business – a feat in itself for any woman of the time – and transformed herself into The World’s First headlining African-American Female Magician.

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Nuevo Póster disponible! Parte de la Historia de la Magia Afro Americana. Recientemente, Encontramos este segundo ejemplar en nuestro almacén tras llevar más de 30 años extraviado y dar salida a otro más pequeño que teníamos en nuestra colección Privada, nos complace poder mostrar este ejemplar, que el año pasado compartimos por el día internacional de la mujer en redes sociales, con el coleccionista e historiador de ilusionismo apropiado, que pudiera estar interesado en este póster, ya descatalogado y muy difícil de conseguir. (Medidas Aprox. 70 Cm. de Largo x 55 Cm. de Ancho) #historyofmagic #magiclegends #magas #femalemagician #collectablemagicposters #antiquemagicposters #blackmagician #magicposters #ellenarmstrong #magie #collectablemagic


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Ellen E. Armstrong has the distinction of being the first noted female magician of color. Her father was John Hartford Armstrong, who performed professionally as Professor J. Hartford Armstrong. Born in 1886, John’s father was a white slave holder and his mother was a slave. He performed magic across the South in the early 1900s.

Ellen joined the show when she was six, and before long became the mind reader in the show. She also showed off her artistic talent by doing chalk talks, which she kept in the show after she went solo. She went away to college, got her degree, and then rejoined the show. At the age of 25, her father died of a heart attack. She inherited his show, and decided to continue with it, billing herself as as “The Mistress of Modern Magic.”

Some of the effects she performed included The Birth of Roses,” “The Mysterious Jars of Egypt,” “The Flight of Figures,” “Miser’s Dream,” “The Puzzling Parasol,” “The Sand Frame” and “Hippity-Hop Rabbits.” She promised “250 laughs in 50 minutes Magic Show” which is an impressive rate of five laughs a minute. She also referred to the show as her “Modern, Marvelous, Matchless Merrymaking March Through Mysteryland.”

She married a minister in 1940, but continued to tour with the show. They had no children. She continued to perform into her mid 50s. When she died is not known, but she lived at least into her mid-70s. As is so often the case, women magicians, even those who broke through barriers, were poorly documented and poorly remembered.

She did get national recognition in a December 1949 issue of Ebony magazine. It had an article on outstanding black magicians, and she was featured along with Fetaque Sanders, Eugene Hellman and Moses Tiller.

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