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Wu Ling

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

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. The Sphinx, Vol. 31. No. 1, March 1932, Who’s Who in Magic, Richard Ritson, page 26
  2. Stanley Collins Conjurer Collector and Iconoclast by Edwin A. Dawes (2001)
  3. Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 48, No. 1229, August 1969, Richard C. Ritson (Wu Ling) (1896-1969), by Bayard Grimshaw, page 99