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Author Talk: Margaret Steele- “The Great Boomsky”

Join us this evening for a talk with author and magicianMargaret Steele, as she discusses her new non-fiction book “The Great Boomsky: The Many Lives of Magic’s First Black Superstar”. 

Thirteen-year-old Milton Hudson Everett loves his job as Boomsky, the clumsy sidekick of the great magician Alexander Herrmann (1844–1896). Beloved across America, Boomsky falls on top hats and drops trays of borrowed watches, bringing screams of laughter. But Boomsky is himself a magician’s ruse—a skilled secret assistant hiding in plain sight. For a series of African American teens, the role of Boomsky becomes a training ground and launching pad. Against all odds in segregated America, eight former Boomskys establish brilliant adult careers as magicians, musicians, and comedians. Herrmann’s protégés entertain millions, but their achievements go unrecorded by the segregated press, condemning them to obscurity. More than a century later, magic’s greatest untold story is finally revealed in this rollicking tale of adventure, success, betrayal, and perseverance.


Margaret Steele turned to writing after 30 years in parallel performing careers: as a magician and as a Juilliard-trained oboist. She is the editor of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic: Memoirs, Published Writings, and Collected Ephemera (Bramble Books, 2012). Margaret has presented her groundbreaking research on women in magic for the New York Historical Society, HISTORY, and NPR.

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Jul 09 2024


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Nantucket Atheneum
Nantucket Atheneum
1 India St, Nantucket, MA