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Wu Ling

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Wu Ling
BornRichard Carter Ritson
September 1, 1896
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
DiedAugust 4, 1969 (age 72)

Wu Ling (1896-1969), The Magical Mandarin, was a semi-professional club and vaudeville magician specializing in Chinese effects and illusions. Also billed as "The Amazing Mr Wu with The Pagoda Mysteries".


An admirer of Chung Ling Soo he included a Floating Ball made by his friend Okito (Theo Bamberg).

He was one of the Founders of the Sheffield Circle in 1920.[1]

A noted magic collector, he was also a good friend and correspondent of Stanley Collins. They co-authored a series called "Chats for Conjuring Cognoscenti" in George Armstrong's Wizard.[2]

In 1958, he was made a member of the Magic Circle Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. [3]


  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, March, 1932
  2. Stanley Collins Conjurer Collector and Iconoclast by Edwin A. Dawes (2001)
  3. Obit, Abra, August 16, 1969