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BornMargaretha Gertz Van Dorn


Minerva (fl. 1900-1920), born Margaretha Gertz Van Dorn of German decent, was a successful escape artist at the beginning of the 1900s.


She performed in America, Canada, Cuba, Germany, France, Hungary and Great Britain as the "American Queen of Mystery".[1]

Minerva married Guy Jarrett, her second marriage, around 1913.


  1. The Complete Jarrett by Guy E. Jarrett and Jim Steinmeyer (2001)