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The Glorious Deception: The Double Life of William Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo, the Marvelous Chinese Conjurer
The Glorious Deception: The Double Life of William Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo, the Marvelous Chinese Conjurer by Jim Steinmeyer 078671512X 9780786715121
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The Glorious Deception: The Double Life of William Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo, the Marvelous Chinese Conjurer by Jim Steinmeyer

In a biography woven from equal parts enchantment and mystery, Jim Steinmeyer unveils the secrets behind the most enigmatic performer in the history of stage magic, Chung Ling Soo, the Marvelous Chinese Conjurer-a magician whose daring made his contemporary Houdini seem like the boy next door. Soos infamous and suspicious onstage death in 1918 mystified his fellow magicians: he was shot during a performance of Defying the Bullets, in which he attempted to catch marked bullets on a porcelain plate. When Soo died, his deceptions began to unravel. It was discovered that he was not Chinese but a fifty-eight-year-old American named William Ellsworth Robinson, a former magicians assistant and the husband of Olive Robinson. But even William Robinson was not who he appeared to be, for he had kept a second family with a mistress in a fashionable home near London. Here is a look at the rough-and-tumble world of turn-of-the-century entertainments, the Wests discovery of Oriental culture, and Soos strange descent into secrecy as he rose to stardom-written by the foremost chronicler of magics history and culture. Due to the scandals surrounding Robinsons death, this is the first time his full story has ever been told. Photographs are included.

Author: Jim Steinmeyer

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 336

Publisher: Carroll & Graf

Publication Date: 2005-05-10

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ISBN: 078671512X


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