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drwilson
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Ring 362 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians will hold the fourth annual Chung Ling Soo Stage Magic Competition at Next Generation Theatre in Brewer, Maine, on Saturday, May 15, at 7:00 P.M. The performance is open to the public. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and under. The contest honors the memory of Chung Ling Soo (1861-1918), one of the most influential stage magicians in history. Chung Ling Soo never spoke in performance. To honor his memory, the contestants are required to perform without the use of speech, narration, or written language. Please see the complete Contest Rules and Registration and Technical Requirements on the Ring's website.

Magicians are known for surprises, and Chung Ling Soo provided one of the greatest surprises in magic history at the time of his death: he wasn't Chinese. He was fatally shot on stage in England while performing one of his signature feats, catching a marked bullet shot from a muzzle-loading rifle. Only after his death did the general public discover that the marvelous Chinese conjuror who had thrilled the world with exotic Chinese magic was actually American-born William Robinson. Robinson had a long career as an assistant and builder for Alexander Herrmann and Harry Kellar, the biggest magic shows of his time, before dropping his Western identity and becoming Chung Ling Soo. He kept up the deception offstage, appearing for interviews in makeup and costume, speaking fake Chinese through an "interpreter," who translated for the reporters.

The contestants in the Chung Ling Soo Stage Magic Competition are free to do any kind of magic that they like, as long as they don't speak. They will be judged by a panel of expert judges with backgrounds in theater and film. Bellydancers and other entertainers will complement the magic performances.

For advance ticket sales (recommended), call Next Generation Theatre at (207) 989-7100.

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Yours,

Paul Szauter
Contest Official, 2010 Chung Ling Soo Stage Magic Competition
drwilson
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Reed Spool has won the 2010 Chung Ling Soo Stage Magic Competition with his incredible thimble routine. We will update the Ring 362 website soon.

Yours,

Paul
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