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Eddie Roberts

Comedy Mentalist

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Eddie and Lucille Roberts

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  • Real Name: Edward Gaillard
  • Birthday: ?
  • Birthplace: United States
  • Buried: ?

Eddie Roberts was a comedy mentalist who worked a nightclub second-sight act with his beautiful wife, Lucille. Their heyday was in the 1930's to the 1960's.

Roberts' father was an amateur magician. Young Roberts quickly became fascinated with magic, especially when he learned how to make money with it as a New York City sidewalk Svengali deck pitchman. From time to time, he also worked as a demonstrator in several city magic shops.

Roberts married Lucille in 1930, and for several years they struggled to find their niche in show business. In 1938, they were hired by the famous magician Nicola who featured their straight telepathy act as a segment of his stage show. When Nicola's show was lost in a shipwreck in 1939, the Roberts launched their solo career, concentrating on nightclub bookings.

Their comedic approach to the traditional second-sight act made them very popular. Eddie would mingle with the audience members while a blindfolded Lucille would sit onstage, attempting to name the objects that Eddie would hold in the air. Their comedic exchange would grow more and more humourous, until the two would have a disagreement. Eddie would then take over the role of the psychic, with Lucille in the audience.

During WWII, they were one of the many acts who toured with the U.S.O. to entertain the troops.


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