Gerald Kolpan

Magic Words

The tale of a Jewish boy-interpreter, the world's most estimable magician, a murderous harlot, and America's greatest indian chief

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Adelaide Scarcez

Assistant and wife to Alexander Herrmann


Adelaide Scarcez was born in London to Belgian parents and trained as a dancer. After meeting Alexander Herrmann at age 22, she moved to the United States and married him in a ceremony presided over by William Wickham, the mayor of New York. Adelaide assisted her husband in his act for over twenty years, from the time before their wedding until his untimely death. Initially aided by Alexander’s nephew, Leon Herrmann, Adelaide became a famous and respected magician in her own right, continuing her husband’s act and adding much new material of her own. “Adelaide, Queen of Magic,” practiced her art until 1928. She disappeared for good in 1932, aged 79.