Ellsworth Robinson (1861-1918 )
created the character "Chung
Ling Soo", and
brilliantly played the role of an Oriental conjuror.
Robinson was not well-known as an author, pictured with him is his treastise
on "The Art of Magic", published by Chicago magic dealer and
inventor August Roterberg in Roterberg's book "The Modern Wizard".
relatively scarce volume sold for the then princely sum of $1 in the
early 1900's. Robinson signs his essay "W. E. Robinson, Original
Man of Mystery."
was shot on stage performing the infamous "bullet-catching trick",
and died the following day. His death contributed to the compelling
history of both practicality and superstition that has led numerous
famed magicians to shy away from ever performing that effect. Even Houdini,
who undertook seemingly death-defying defeats, listened to the counsel
of Harry Kellar, and refrained from performing the bullet-catching effect.