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Lola Cotton

Theater Actor from United States of America

Lola Carmelita Cotton (born 15 November 1892 in Waterloo, Iowa; died 9 July 1975 San Diego) was, as a child, a vaudeville mentalist and hypnotist, whose performance career flourished from about 1899 to 1915. Her shows were particularly popular in Los Angeles, California and New York City. As a six-year-old she performed feats of memory at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. A particular venue often headlined her ability to solve a psychological puzzle. At Keith's, 14th Street (Manhattan) between Broadway (Manhattan) and 4th Avenue, owned by Benjamin Franklin Keith, she performed a mind reading act in April 1903. Her routine included mental telegraphy with a touch of mystery added. Initially she was introduced by a man who proceeded through the audience. He pointed to objects which members of the audience suggested while Cotton was blindfolded. A sample of the dialogue which transpired between Cotton and her interlocutor is What is this? A gold nugget. Right. And this? A railroad pass. The number. The number is 10,961. It is dated April 28. She named all types of things from buttons to the color of a woman's eyes. Then the man requested the audience to call out numbers. He  ( Wikipedia article )

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Date of birth
1893
Nationality
United States of America

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