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Jono Blythe: Magician Celebrating Women In Magic

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the incredible accomplishments of women in all fields, including the world of magic. As a close-up, parlour, and stage magician for hire in Cardiff, I have had the pleasure of witnessing firsthand the amazing talent of female magicians. In this blog post, I'm excited to introduce you to some of the most talented and successful women magicians of both past and present, including Jen Kramer, Misty Lee, Fay Presto, and more. So whether you're a fan of close-up magic, stage illusions, or are looking to hire a magician for your next event in Cardiff, this post is for you.


Jen Kramer: Known for her world-class sleight of hand, Kramer’s show features magic, mentalism, comedy, and audience participation. In addition to being a member of the Society of American Magicians, the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and the Academy of Magical Arts, Kramer was named the Female Magician of the Year by the International Magicians Society. Currently, she headlines her show at Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.


Misty Lee: An actress, comedian, magic consultant, and professional magician, Misty Lee became the first female magician in history to hold a residency at Hollywood's Magic Castle as a Houdini Seance Medium. Additionally, she is the only magician ever admitted into the Institute for Analytic Interviewing.


Fay Presto: Voted the Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year in 2012, Presto is credited with creating the genre of close-up magic. She has performed for the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, as well as for celebrities such as Madonna, Elton John, and Dustin Hoffman. In addition to her magic, she is involved in multiple causes such as the LGBTQA+ community and women's rights.


Kristen Johnson: Known as the Lady Houdini, Johnson has successfully performed over 2,743 public escapes, with only three failed attempts. Her shows are nail biters that leave the audience on the edge of their seats.


Dorothy Dietrich: Known as "The First Lady of Magic," Dietrich is one of the best-known female magicians in the world. She paved the way for future female magicians and is known for her Houdini-like acts. Dietrich was the first woman to escape from a straitjacket while suspended from a burning rope in the air. She also performed an act that even Houdini backed away from: the Jinxed Bullet Catch.


Margaret Steele: A magician and magic historian based in New York City, Steele is recognised internationally and performs tribute acts based on Madame Adelaide Herrmann. She customises her shows for each audience and venue to provide the ultimate magical experience for children and adults.


Madame Adelaide Hermann: Billed as "the Queen of Magic," Madame Adelaide Herrmann caught bullets with her bare hands and levitated off the ground. She became a magician’s assistant at 22 and eventually married Herrmann, helping him with his act and inventing her own illusions. After Herrmann passed away, Adelaide took over the act and continued performing into her 70s, wowing audiences with her unbelievable illusions.


Katherine Mills: A magician and mentalist who made television history in 2014, Mills was given her own prime-time television show, “Katherine Mills: Mind Games,” becoming the first woman ever to do so. Mills quickly became a favourite in the magic world through her diverse, modern style combined with excellent sleight of hand skill.


Esuapia Palladino: An Italian Spiritualist born in the 1850s, Palladino claimed she could speak to the dead. Although investigators refuted her claim, she remains a master of tricks and is considered one of the most influential mediums in the history of magic.


Ariann Black: Known for her signature brand of comedy and magic, Ariann Black has performed on major television shows such as Penn and Teller’s “Fool Us,” and in venues around the world. Her magic and comedy shows are known for their electrifying and unforgettable performances.


These women have broken barriers and paved the way for female magicians in the industry. They have shown that magic is not just a man's world and have left their mark on the art form with their incredible talent and passion. On this International Women's Day, let's celebrate these amazing women in magic and continue to support and encourage female magicians around the world.


If you're interested in learning more about magic or want to book a talented magician for your event, please don't hesitate to contact me through my website. Let's make magic happen together!


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