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Herbert J. Collings

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Herbert J. Collings

From Conjurers' Monthly Magazine
BornHerbert James Collings
London, England
DiedMarch 30, 1958
London, England

Herbert J. Collings (1883-1958) was a professional magician beginning in 1899.


Initially he performed an evening dress act " Wit, Wizardry and a Whistle". A busy working professional magician, Collings changed in 1923 to a silent Chinese act, Fu Chi. That act developed and in 1934 he became the elaborate costumed Hu Hung Collings which again later transformed, in 1937, into the hilarious, comedy act of Col Ling Soo.[1]

This skilled magician also perfected a plate spinning act.

Collings was a founder and a president of the Magic Circle from 1928 to 1931 and again from 1954 to 1958.[2][3]

He worked for ENSA during World War Two.


  1. Warlock, Peter. “I Remember, I Remember. Herbert J. Collings.” Abracadabra 59 (1975): 343–344.
  2. The Sphinx, Vol. 33, No. 1, March 1934, Who’s Who in Magic, page 14
  3. Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 25, No. 637, April 1958, Herbert J. Collings, An Appreciation by Francis White, page 199
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 28, No. 4, June 1948, Col Ling Soo, by William G. Stickland, page 20
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 48, No. 1, March 1949, Col Ling Soo, by Douglas Craggs, page 11
  • The Conjurors’ Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 2, April 1949, COL LING SOO, by Ted Elliott, page 30
  • The Gen, Vol. 5, No. 9, Jan 1950, Front Page Personalities, Col Ling Soo, page 259
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 38, No. 3, May 1958, Broken Wands, Herbert J. Collings, page 104
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 52, No. 585, May 1958, Obituary, Herbert J. Collings, page 122
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Collings, Herbert J. = Col Ling Soo, engl. ; Historiker (*1883 London; †1958), page 82
  • Conjurers' Monthly Magazine (Sept. 1907) pg 17