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William Ellsworth Robinson
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Birth: Apr. 2, 1861
Death: Mar. 23, 1918

Magician, Actor. Born in NY, Billy Robinson worked for many famous magicians including Alexander Herrmann and Harry Kellar. He tried several times to go out on his own with less than stellar results. Eventually in his mid 30's Robinson decided he would never be anything more than an assistant and back stage man for other performers unless he went out on his own. He went to England and created a character loosely based on the then popular Chinese Conjuror Ching Ling Foo. Robinson's character would be Chung Ling Soo and would allow him to ride the popular craze of oriental magicians.

Robinson was not just Soo on stage but offstage as well. During interviews he spoke through interpretors, though he himself did not actually speak Chinese. The London public did not find out about Soo's real identity until after his death.

Soo's greatest feat was his bullet catching trick. He performed it for years but one night on stage at the Wood Green Empire, a malfunction took place and Soo was mortally wounded. He died a short time later. 
 
Burial:
East Sheen and Richmond Cemeteries
Richmond
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Greater London, England
Plot: Section B grave numbers 219/220/221
 
Created by: Carnegie
Record added: Jan 20, 2009
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Saw the story on Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel Channel. What a tragic accident. RIP
- Suzanne
 Added: Jan. 29, 2013
Rest in Piece Billy Robinson
- Carnegie
 Added: Jan. 20, 2009
 
 
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