par Jim Steinmeyer
Format : format 16 cm × 23 cm, 450 pages.
Prix : 35,00 €
Livre en anglais.
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, the « Marvelous Chinese Conjurer » – a magician whose daring made his contemporary, Houdini, seem like the boy next door.
Soo’s infamous and suspicious onstage death in 1918 mystified his fellow magicians : he was shot during a performance of “Defying the Bullets,” 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 West’s discovery of Oriental culture, and Soo’s strange descent into secrecy as he rose to stardom – written by the foremost chronicler of magic’s history and culture. Due to the scandals surrounding Robinson’s death, this is the first time his full story has ever been told…