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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:14 pm 
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More than likely, it is part of an estate sale. I don't have details on why. However, I know that the current owner is NOT a magician. He worked at the theater as a call boy when Soo was shot. He and his father were on the stage with Soo, and cleared the stage when the curtain was brought down. The boy kept the fan as a souvenier and has had it all these years. That's all I know.

As for the gun being confiscated....The death was ruled an accident. And the gun was a real gun that had been made into a prop gun. The gun discharged because of a loose screw which allowed a build up of gunpowder, over time, to find it's way in the main barrel. If Soo had properly cleaned his gun after performances, it would have never happened. Interesting little tidbit here....The audience was almost more shocked at what he cried out than at the fact that he was shot....When the bullet pierced his chest, entered his heart and exited out his back, he shouted, "My God! Something's happened!" The reason for their shock was that this chinese conjurer, supposedly spoke not a word of English. It was then, that the public learned that Chung Ling Soo was NOT Chinese, but American (William Robinson).

And that's your history lesson for the day...Class dismissed (Quiz on Friday) :wink:


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I'm gonna Ace this one! :wink: LOL


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:44 am 
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MichalAngelo wrote:
And it gets better.... This is being offered, too...

Blackstone Sr., Harry. Group of 27 pieces of Harry Blackstone, Sr. property. Including...
a scarce one-page handwritten letter from Blackstone (1950s)
two autographed sentiments (one bearing a caricature of Blackstone)
a signed theatre handbill
a signed Christmas Card
eight different cue and prop sheets
a three-page radio script
a real photo postcard
two complimentary passes (one signed)
misc. clippings
color letterhead
and more.


Well...Attended the auction and bought this.....I just couldn't let it go. 8)


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Also bought this...

Lot of twelve pieces of Doug Henning ephemera, many autographed. Including two photographs (both signed; one by Henning, the other by Henning and his wife, Debby); four theatre programs (four; three signed/inscribed by Henning, one for Merlin signed by co-star Chita Rivera); two souvenir programs; one signed convention souvenir badge; and more.


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I waited around to see the fan pictured above auctioned off. The final price was $3200.00. I thought it would have gone for much more than that. I believe Copperfield was the buyer.


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Congrats. For what it's worth, I wish that you could've had the fan over Copperfield.


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Bicycle12 wrote:
Congrats. For what it's worth, I wish that you could've had the fan over Copperfield.


I appreciate that, however, Copperfield should rightfully have the fan...I mean, he has the gun that killed Soo, he has Soo's costumes..so he SHOULD have the fan, too. IF I were the one who purchased the fan, Copperfield and I would have worked out some agreement so that the fan would be in his museum.


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Yeah, I know what you mean. Even if it were on some sort of loan, at least you'd still be the rightful owner.


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Thought I'd share some of my collection... ENJOY


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