A Gift From The Gods - Val Andrews

A Gift From The Gods
  • Subtitle: The Story Of Chung Ling Soo Marvellous Chinese Conjurer
  • Publisher: Goodliffe (1981)
  • Type: Book
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 187
  • Category: History / Biography
  • Marco's Rating: Good
  • Language: English
Marco's Comments:
Present from Marco Berry, from Davenports. The edges of the pages are beginning to yellow. Many nice posters of Chung Ling Soo in the book. The book is outstanding in its quality and the great reproductions of many CLS' posters (most from the Paul Daniels' collection), but the text is quite pedestrian. It's another "biography" by Andrews where he reports words allegedly said by the conjurer and his entourage, but this time - again - the text sounds even naffier than usual. The really interesting thing is the description of Chung's show by a person who saw it and that forms one of the two appendixes to the book (the other being a rather un-informative interview to Hector Robinson, CLS' son). It doesn't even come close to Steinmeyer's great biography but the pictures - again - are worth the price of the book.

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