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FROM THE PUBLISHER:Chung Ling Soo (April 2, 1861 - March 24, 1918), born William Ellsworth Robinson, died on the stage of London's Wood Green Empire when his bullet catching routine went wrong. 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. He then became the idol of the English Music Halls and associated with the likes of Harry Houdini, Karry Kellar, Horace Goldin, and other magicians of the day. His mysterious death during his performance of the Bullet Catching Trick, may have been an accident, suicide- or murder.It is a mystery that has never been fully explained!
Author Will Dexter was born William Thomas Pritchard in England. Dexter was a professional journalist who started his career in 1928. His duties were interrupted by World War II, in which he was later discharged as a Captain in 1945. He served as an editor for number of newspapers, and later as Editor and Publisher with Public Relations Industrial, London until his retirement in 1969. In retirement, he became a Daily Telegraph crossword compiler. He ghosted several books for Robert Harbin. An amateur magician, Dexter was a member of the Magic Circle, the British Ring, East Kent Magical Society, Nottingham Guild of Magicians and an Honorary Life Member of the Blackpool Magicians' Club.
Who Was Chung Ling Soo?
The Man Of Mystery
Exit Loo, Enter Soo
Foo Versus Soo
The Conquering Hero
"House Full" In Australia
A Change Of Mind That Was Fatal
Close Of An Era
The Man Who Wrote "Sensational Tales"
The Trick That Scared Houdini
Front Row, Orchestra Stalls
Guardians Of The Secrets
Secrets For Sale
Book is softbound. 220 pages.Author: Will DexterPublished 1976 by Arco Publishing.
BOOK ONLY. Book is softbound. 220 pages.