Adelaide Herrmann (1853–1932) was a well-known American magician and vaudeville performer billed as "the Queen of Magic." She was married to Alexander Herrmann, another magician. They performed together until his death at such time she worked with another family member. As that did not work out she re-invented the show and went out on her own.
Adelaide was one of the few magicians to perform the notorious Bullet Catch stunt, which had been an infrequent feature of her husband's act. It was said that, because of the potentially dangerous trick's reputation(it had previously killed 12 men), she couldn't bear to watch her husband perform this act.
However, on January 19, 1897, a month after his passing, she stood in his place in front of a large firing squad at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Surviving publicity material describes her as catching six bullets fired at her by local militiamen.
It is thought she is the only woman in the world that had performed this stunt at the time.
She performed well into her 70's before passing away at 79.
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