Chung Ling Soo
|Chung Ling Soo|
|Born||William Ellsworth Robinson|
April 02, 1861
|Died||March 24, 1918 (age 56) |
|Resting place||London, East Sheen Cemetery, Section B, grave number 219/220/221|
|Categories||Books by Chung Ling Soo|
During his early career, William Ellsworth Robinson called himself Robinson, the Man of Mystery. He also did a Black Art act as Achmed Ben Ali and later as Nana Shahib. Worked as an assistant and stage manager to both Alexander Herrmann and Harry Kellar and later to Leon Herrmann.
To increase his allure with a touch of exoticism, he changed his name, originally, to Hop Sing Loo then to Chung Ling Soo and took his show to Europe. The latter name was a variation of a real Chinese stage magician - Ching Ling Foo - and Robinson performed many of the tricks that Foo had made famous.
Chung Ling Soo maintained his role as a Chinese man scrupulously. He never spoke onstage and always used an interpreter when he spoke to journalists. Only his friends and other stage magicians knew the truth.
- The Riddle of Chung Ling Soo by Will Dexter (1955)
- A Gift from the Gods: the Story of Chung Ling Soo by Val Andrews (1981)
- Chung Ling Soo: The Man behind the Legend by Gary R. Frank (1987)
- Chung Ling Soo: The Man of Mystery by Gary R. Frank & Phil Temple (1989)
- The Silence of Chung Ling Soo by Todd Karr (2001) ISBN 0-9710405-1-6
- The Glorious Deception: The Double Life of William Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo, the "Marvelous Chinese Conjurer" by Jim Steinmeyer (2005) ISBN 0-7867-1512-X.
- Spirit Slate Writing and Kindred Phenomena as William Robinson (1898)
- ↑ Cover Genii 2005 June
- ↑ The Glorious Deception: The Double Life of William Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo, the "Marvelous Chinese Conjurer" by Jim Steinmeyer (2005) ISBN 0-7867-1512-X.
- ↑ http://www.hat-archive.com/chunglingsoo.htm
- ↑ Brief Biography at The Magic Nook
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