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Chung Ling Soo, Woman in Shell Half sheet, James Upton Ltd. England, linen mounted & restored. 20.75" x 30" This is a are poster depicting an elaborate presentation of an illusion modeled after the mythology of a woman found in a pearl. 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. NO RESERVE

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7: Chung Ling Soo, Woman in Shell

Estimate $7,500 - $9,500Dec 09, 2012
New York, NY, USA