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Chung Ling Soo, Hits the Bullseye of Public Opinion, c.1910 Half sheet, James Upton Ltd. England, linen mounted & restored, noticeable restoration in white areas. 30" x 20" Orientalist magic shows became the rage at a certain point, arguably starting with a real Chinese magician, Ching Ling Foo and his magician competitors Theo Baumberg, William Robinson, and others. Western magicians vied to create faux-Asian personas and characters as well as Orientalist illusions and shadow work. Shooting at targets was a popular stage effect of the era. Unfortunately Soo died in 1918 on stage, a victim of a fatal mishap while performing the Bullet Catching effect in one of the great tragedies of the theater. NO RESERVE

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6: Chung Ling Soo, Hits the Bullseye of Public Opinion

Estimate $2,000 - $4,000Dec 09, 2012
New York, NY, USA