"This definitive biography would be difficult to surpass. Porteous relays it all in an engaging manner befitting an entertainer, with pictures from the period. It will please those who are even a bit curious about the behind-the-scenes story of illusions. As is true of any compelling narrative of an individual life, Foo’s, it is an engrossing depiction of a time and a place, the end of the Victorian era and the advent of modern globalization. This book restores a celebrity to earned fame. Everyone loves a successful magic trick."
"It’s a story that, quite simply, could not have been told in the days of Ching Ling Foo’s success. His career was so intermingled with the secrecy of magic, the stereotypes of Asian culture, and the exaggerations of vaudeville publicists that it seemed inevitable that this wizard would be shrouded in layers of mystery. So, it’s remarkable that Porteous has determinately decided to link the stories—the East and the West—at a time when we are able to appreciate the efforts to link divergent cultures. Here is the truth of Ching Ling Foo, and the honor which has been long overdue to the master magicians and unexpected diplomat in the world of show business. It is, as any great wizard can tell you, a story about what we think is impossible."
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