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Chung Ling Soo

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Chung Ling Soo
BornWilliam Ellsworth Robinson
April 02, 1861
DiedMarch 24, 1918 (age 56)
Resting placeLondon, East Sheen Cemetery, Section B, grave number 219/220/221
CategoriesBooks by Chung Ling Soo

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 catch routine went wrong.[1]


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.[2]

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.[3]




  1. Cover Genii 2005 June
  3. Brief Biography at The Magic Nook
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