Betty Brown, 16-year-old daughter of showman Bob Brown, uses electrical apparatus to light her cigarette as part of "Bob Brown's Science Circus" in this 1952 photograph. She had been featured the previous year in Life magazine, performing the "million-volt" act that Tesla-imitators had offered variety audiences since the 1890s.

From Wonder shows: performing science, magic, and religion in America by Fred Nadis

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    1. Betty Brown, 16-year-old daughter of showman Bob Brown, uses electrical apparatus to light her cigarette as part of "Bob Brown's Science Circus" in this 1952 photograph. She had been featured the previous year in Life magazine, performing the "million-volt" act that Tesla-imitators had offered variety audiences since the 1890s.