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Glorious Deception

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In a biography woven from equal parts enchantment and mystery, Jim Steinmeyer unveils the secrets behind the most enigmatic performer in the history of stage magic, Chung Ling Soo, a magician whose daring made his contemporary Houdini seem like the boy next door. Soos infamous and suspicious onstage death in 1918 mystified his fellow magicians: he was shot during a performance of the Bullets Catching Trick in which he attempted to catch marked bullets on a porcelain plate. When Soo died, his deceptions began to unravel. It was discovered that he was not Chinese but a fifty-eight-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, for he had kept a second family with a mistress in a fashionable home near London.

Here is a look at the rough-and-tumble world of turn-of-the-century entertainments, the Wests discovery of Oriental culture, and Soo's strange descent into secrecy as he rose to stardom. Written by the foremost chronicler of magics history and culture. Due to the scandals surrounding Robinsons death, this is the first time his full story has ever been told.

This is a great history of magic, performance and life at the turn of the 20th Century!

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