Learn about history’s unsung “magical dames” at a free lecture at North Central Michigan College in April

March 23, 2018

Many of us about the magical contributions of Harry Houdini or Dai Vernon; we know the famous posters for Charles Joseph Carter or Howard Thurston. But what about the women who have formed the backbone of magic history but always seem to end up in the background? Michigan native Jaina Taylor wants to shine a light on their lives with a free, public lecture in April.

The lecture, called “Those Magical Dames”, will take place on Tuesday, April 17 at 7pm at the North Central Michigan College Student and Community Resource Center gymnasium. Taylor, a graduate from the Chavez Studio of Magic, will discuss, according to the program description:

…six overlooked female magicians, starting with those that paved the way back in the 1800s, trouping shows by steamer ship and trains, then, as time went on, to those performing on modern-day stages. Audiences will get a peek at their trials and triumphs and will witness some of the magic that was performed in their shows. The lecture runs an hour with time for questions.  

Doors open for the lecture at 6pm. While admission is free, you’ll need to secure your spot with a quick email to or a phone call to (231) 348-6600.