Magician of the Week #23: Lady Francis

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From the cover of The Linking Ring, May 1954:

Inside the magazine Lady Francis (Frances R. Francis) is described as "one of the top femme magicians in the country." Her own article is titled "Afraid of Television?" and offers advice like the following to magicians considering stepping in front of the camera: "The next thing in line of equipment is the camera. This mechanical robot is never to be feared. Get a look at it close up, ask the engineer about the various lenses and how it operates." On the most important question, Frances offers the following:

"If you are in doubt about performing on television just look in the mirror and if you can't stand watching yourself doing a trick, then have pity on the millions of people who would be watching you!"
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