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The Original Chinese Conjurer

Constant Wonder
  • Sep 22, 2021
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The magician Ching Ling Foo was a sensation in turn-of-the-20th-century America. Deportation efforts led to a trial, followed in the national press, and litigated by the first entertainment lawyers. His success inspired knockoffs, including a damaging American rival who stole his act and, in disguise, took it to London. His act got caught up in international politics as China and America both sought to expand their reach in the Pacific. Guest: Samuel Porteous, author of "Ching Ling Foo: America’s First Chinese Superstar" Show More...