|Born||Juan Jose Pablo Jesorum|
December 2, 1889
Panama City, Panama
|Died||April 27, 1972 (age 82) |
Chang would tell the story of his father moving to Panama from China where he worked as a Chinese laborer for the construction of the Panama Canal under the French. Both his parents died early.
At seventeen, Chang traveled with The Great Raymond from the end of 1907 to 1912 and in these five years he circled the globe with Raymond becoming his chief assistant.
His first appearance in Chinese robes was in the year 1913 under his name of Li-Ho-Chang. Aside from magic, his hobby was bull fighting.
During his long career, Chang has met many of the world's big names in magic, and he spoke affectionately of Blackstone, Dante, Chefalo, Dai Vernon, Mulholland, Dunninger, Al Baker, Carl Rosini, Horace Goldin, Jack Gwynne, Dorny, Okito, and the late Nicola. In his prime, Chang traveled with 14 tons of equipment, costumes, stage settings, etc. At one time his entourage included a ballet company and a twelve piece orchestra.
In 1928 Chang had accumulated a fortune and decided to retire from the stage and settle in New York.
Chang became ill while in Merida, Yucatan and died of cancer.
- See also: The British magician, Amazing Chang.