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|
During his early career, William Ellsworth Robinson called himself Robinson, the Man of Mystery. To increase his allure with a touch of exoticism, he changed his name to Chung Ling Soo and took his show to Europe. He took the name as a variation of a real Chinese stage magician - Ching Ling Foo - and 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
- ↑ http://www.hat-archive.com/chunglingsoo.htm
- ↑ Brief Biography at The Magic Nook
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