Bill Kirby shares interesting stories about Augusta, Georgia history. Here, he discusses Lulu Hurst, a local teen girl who wowed audiences by overpowering any man who dared to accept her strength challenge.
From a great Atlas Obscura article by Tony Wolf:
Within months, Lulu Hurst had progressed from local exhibitions to the vaudeville circuit. Promoted as the “Georgia Wonder” and the “Magnetic Girl,” she soon became a top-billed performer, sometimes earning more in a single show than most Americans made in a year. At a time when the standard vaudeville fare largely consisted of singers, dancers, comedians and the occasional juggler or acrobat—and when women were widely believed to be weak and delicate—the spectacle of a teenage girl apparently hurling stalwart men around the stage made for a diverting evening’s entertainment.
Lulu claimed to have superhuman powers after being struck by lightning. Eventually, she spilled the beans in a tell-all book, revealing that it was all a bunch of cleverly-devised applications of basic physics.
• Kirby's Augusta: A Super Woman named Lulu (YouTube / Kirby's Augusta) (via Atlas Obscura)
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