Today we are going to be talking with Mara Rockliff, author of “Anything but Ordinary Addie – The True Story of Adelaide Hermann, Queen of Magic.” The book tells the true story of Adelaide Herman, one of the premier magicians of all time. The story, told as a picture book, brings the reader back almost 150 years until her death in 1932, to tell the fascinating tale of a girl that didn’t want to be ordinary, ended up marrying a magician, and even performed one of the most death defying illusions of all time – the extremely dangerous, bullet catching trick.
By Tim Podell on June 2, 2016
One of the most fascinating things about Addie was her almost complete disappearance from the annals of magic history. I have been a magician since I was twelve years old; performed magic, studied magic and loved magic. When I heard about Mara’s book, I consulted with Belinda Sinclair, the most well respected woman of all things female in magic. She explained to me who Addie was and how important a figure she was in magic history. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to read “Anything But Ordinary,” a book that tells the world about Adelaide Hermann and the influence she has had on magicians since she came along. The book is historical, magical and a great read. It also is empowering to all girls who want to grow up and be magicians and maybe even presidents.