The Glorious Deception

The Glorious Deception

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In a biography woven from equal parts enchantment and mystery, master illusion designer and today's foremost magic historian, Jim Steinmeyer, unveils the astonishing secrets behind the enigmatic performer Chung Ling Soo, the qMarvelous Chinese Conjurerq a€” a magician whose life of intrigue and daring remains unparalleled to this day. He learned his art during a revolutionary era in show business, just as minstrel, circus, and variety saloons were being stirred together and distilled into a heady new concoction: vaudeville. Soo's infamous death in 1918 astonished the world: he was killed during a performance of qDefying the Bullets, q his popular act in which he caught marked bullets on a porcelain plate. After his death, the deceptions began to unravel. It was discovered that he was not Chinese, but rather a fifty-six-year-old American named William Ellsworth Robinson, a former magicians' assistant, and the husband of Olive Robinson. But even William Robinson was not who he appeared to be, and for the first time, Jim Steinmeyer has uncovered the truth behind Robinson and the magic world's most glorious deception.Most of all, he purchased the right to be named Americaa#39;s leading magician, and received Kellara#39;s endorsement. ... When performed it in Manchester, one reviewer , who had seen Maskelynea#39;s original levitation, praised Cartera#39;s, insisting, a€It isanbsp;...

Title:The Glorious Deception
Author:Jim Steinmeyer
Publisher:Da Capo Press - 2006-03-21


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