WHITE MAGICIANS WHO PRETENDED TO BE ORIENTAL

There are so many of them but here are a few of my favorites!
  1. Ching Ling Foo (1854-1922) Born Chee Ling Qua. The real Chinese magician who sparked the craze for Oriental Magic. The "Court Conjurer to the Empress Dowager of China" came to the US in 1898 for the Trans-Mississippi Exposition in Omaha.
  2. The Great Lafayette (1871-1911): Started his career by imitating Ching Ling Foo. Died when his signature routine "The Lion's Bride" caused theater to go up in flames.
  3. Chung Ling Soo (1861-1918): Born William Robinson. The most famous Oriental impersonator, Robinson started his career as an illusion builder. He died on the stage of London's Wood Green Empire when his bullet catch routine ("Condemned to Death by the Boxers") went wrong and he was shot in the lung.
  4. Okito (1875-1963) Tobias Bamberg. Sixth generation in a family of Dutch magicians. Okito was an anagram of Tokio (Tokyo).
  5. Fu Manchu (1904-1974) David Bamberg. Seventh and final generation of the Bamberg magical dynasty.