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I'm a little surprised to see that this enigmatic and amazing magician hasn't been mentioned yet. I'm absolutely taken with Chung Ling Soo. What I know of his life reads more like fiction (b/c some of it is) than fact. I'm trying to gather more information on him. Anything that anyone knows would be of use. I already know his real name was William Robinson. I know about his death, parts of his history. Anecdotes, apocrypha, obscure facts, that sort of thing is what I"m hoping for.
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Hello Grimm, I suggest you track down the book called 'The riddle of Chung Ling Soo' written by Will Dexter many years ago.
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Jim Steinmeyer is hard at work on a new book about Soo. You can be sure it will be a great read. I'm not aware publication date as of yet.
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Jim Steinmeyer's book can be found with an Amazon search. It is due out in May and can be pre-ordered.

I agree...One of the great characters in the history of magic.
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Abe Books is a listing of tons of used book stores...they have some interesting books on Robinson.
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Jim's book on Chung Ling Soo is for the general public and should be great. You may also want to check out Todd Karr's The Silence of Chung Ling Soo, A Gift From The Gods (not sure who this is by), Chung Ling Soo-the Man Behind the Legend by Gary Frank & Chung Ling Soo's Mechanists-They Stayed Behind, by Brian McCaullagh and Dr. J. Ernest Aldred and was put out by Mike Caveney's Magic Words.
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