Mary Ann Ford, well known as Mercedes Talma, was a professional sleight-of-hand magician who came to be dubbed as the Queen of Coins. The wife of Belgium magician Servais LeRoy, Talma made a name for herself with her astounding manipulation skills and became a success in theatres across Britain, Germany, and France.
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Mary Ann Ford aka Talma, was born in England in July 1861. Early in her life she became interested in performing in the theatre and worked in a variety of jobs with several stage performers. It was here that she gained experience in theatre and stagecraft.