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Adelaide Herrmann

Adelaide Herrmann

(London, England: 11th August 1853 - 19th February 1932)

Born Adelaide Scarcez, of Belgian parents. A pro dancer, she met Alexander Herrmann who married her in the USA in 1875 and trained her in magic. She then became his principal female assistant. Aka "M'lle Addie", etc.

After Alexander's death, she became a famous pro magician on her own, initially with nephew Leon as "Herrmann the Great Company" from January 1897 thru May 1899. Then as a solo magician with a large troupe in vaudeville since Jun 1899. Toured Europe in 1902 when she played the London Hippodrome, Paris Folies-Bergère, Berlin Wintergarten, etc. Retired around 1928. Died of pneumonia in New York City.

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Adelaide Herrmann
The Art of Palming by Adelaide Herrmann

In this article Adelaide Herrmann provides some tips on how to palm a coin and billiard balls. There are several photos showing her palming and producing billiard balls. I don't think anybody could really learn from this short article, but Adelaide Herrmann was a formidable manipulator and conjurer in general and the tips she provides are spot on.

1st edition November 1905 in Broadway Magazine Vol. XIII. PDF 7 pages.

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