|Residence||Water Street, Manhattan, New York City|
|Known for||Female bouncer in 19th century Manhattan, Five Points personality, appears in The Gangs of New York|
Gallus Mag (real name unknown) was a 6-foot-plus tall, female bouncer at a 19th century New York City bar called The Hole in the Wall, who figures prominently in New York City folklore. The name "Gallus" originated from the men's suspenders she was fond of wearing, and "Mag" or "Meg" was likely her forename. The Hole in the Wall bar was at 279 Water Street, Manhattan, more recently the site of the historic Bridge Cafe.
- "It was her custom, after she'd felled an obstreperous customer with her club, to clutch his ear between her teeth and so drag him to the door, amid the frenzied cheers of the onlookers. If her victim protested she bit his ear off, and having cast the fellow into the street she carefully deposited the detached member in a jar of alcohol behind the bar…. She was one of the most feared denizens on the waterfront and the police of the period shudderingly described her as the most savage female they'd ever encountered."
In popular culture
- Gallus Mag's was the name of a bar near Corlears Hook in the mid- to late 19th century.
- In the 2002 Martin Scorsese film Gangs of New York, the character Hell-Cat Maggie, a female street gangster and fierce fighter, played by Cara Seymour, is a composite of Gallus Mag, the real-life Hell-Cat Maggie, and the apparently fictional Sadie the Goat.
- Gallus Mag was portrayed by Ronda Rousey in the "Scoundrels" episode of the Comedy Central series Drunk History.
- "gallus". Wiktionary. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
- Profile, Nytimes.com; accessed December 25, 2016.
- Asbury, Herbert. The Gangs of New York. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928; ISBN 978-1-56025-275-7
- "River Thieves". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 1874-01-20. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
- "Will the Real Gallus Mag, or Meg, Stand Up? No Biting, Please - Old Salt BlogOld Salt Blog". Oldsaltblog.com. 2014-06-04. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
- Estep, Maggie (2001-03-01). "The Gangs of New York". New York Press. Archived from the original on 2004-01-07. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
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