Some of these performers can be seen on tape (but I suspect most of the few that exist are in private collections). Several publications over the years provided basic outlines of a few of these acts, too.
There have been few full-time female professionals in the mentalism field, however, since the time of Anna Eva Fay.
Not true. Look especially in issues of THE BILLBOARD and older magic magazines, up to the present, and you will see many women performing as a single,,of as part of a two-person mental act.
Fay Asia, Princess Yvonne, Baby Yvonne, Princess Pat, Baby Pat, Shireen-the X-Ray girl, Raynell-the Miracle Girl, leona Lamar, Ada Zancig, Lucile Roberts, Willa Levolo, Sisuepahn and Brian, The Evasons, Frances Usher, and many more. This is a short list...I'm leaving out many more that don't come to mind at this moment.
Diego, I take your point. The Evasons are long-time friends (of mine, as well, we can agree, with one another :) ), and Tessa
is as talented as she is beautiful. She, however, like many of those you name, are in fact (as you note) part of mentalism "teams," most of them noted for performing a Q&A act (the Piddingtons, of course, would also be in this category). As I give the matter more thought, Tessa really is
the attraction, but somebody has to walk into the audience with a microphone -- Jeff, if this gets back to you, I kid (sort of).
By referring to Fay, I meant to imply that (from the perception of the general public), few other females have achieved singular notoriety as mentalists
, working as solo
artists, since her time.
I completely agree that all of those named were likely sensational in their day, and of course admit I misspoke (miswrote?) in that regard; though the Zancigs, the Fays, and the Piddingtons aside, none achieved anything near the level of "fame" Jeff and Tessa deservedly realize today. None of the others, I should have stipulated, achieved the name recognition of a Dunninger, a Kreskin (or today, perhaps a Marc Salem and a Derren Brown).
So, I admittedly stand (well, lie down) corrected, and I sincerely thank you for pointing out the error in failing to be more clear. I've written a small note somewhere on this topic in print some time back, but can' recall where. A woman "mindreader" to me, seems a natural fit. I honestly wonder that more talented females don't enter the field--women, statistically, and in the perception of most--being the smarter sex, and mentalism (according to Theo A., anyway) being the "intellectual" branch of magic.