Posts Tagged: Chung Ling Soo

“Oh my God. Something’s happened. Lower the curtain”

100 years since the death of Chung Ling Soo (William Robertson)

“Oh my God. Something’s happened. Lower the curtain”

100 years since the death of Chung Ling Soo (William Robertson)

Chung Ling Soo | posters

Magician Chung Ling Soo, actually an American named William Robinson, was born on this day in 1861. But it was the other end of his life in 1918 for which he is better known, when he was killed in a bullet-catching trick gone horribly wrong.

Chung Ling Soo | posters

Magician Chung Ling Soo, actually an American named William Robinson, was born on this day in 1861. But it was the other end of his life in 1918 for which he is better known, when he was killed in a bullet-catching trick gone horribly wrong.

“Oriental Splendour and Weird Mysticism”

The “bullet catch”, a magic trick in which a performer appears to stop a bullet fired from a gun, is an illusion with a long history as well as a body count. Though it’s questionable whether it has killed 12 performers as is sometimes claimed, there are at least four verifiable cases.

“Oriental Splendour and Weird Mysticism”

The “bullet catch”, a magic trick in which a performer appears to stop a bullet fired from a gun, is an illusion with a long history as well as a body count. Though it’s questionable whether it has killed 12 performers as is sometimes claimed, there are at least four verifiable cases.