Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Review: The Glorious Deception

The Glorious Deception: The Double Life of William Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo, the "Marvelous Chinese Conjurer"
Jim Steinmeyer

William Robinson was a popular music-hall performer. He did stage magic under the persona of Chung Ling Soo. He died, on stage, when one of his illusions went tragically wrong.

That's The Glorious Deception. There's really nothing more to say. If that sounds like something you'd like to read more about, you'll enjoy reading this book. If it doesn't, you'll probably find it slow and somewhat repetitive. There are a lot of descriptions of magic tricks, and a lot of fairly quotidian biography. I mildly enjoyed it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it far and wide. 

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