People, Jul. 21, 1980

Ching Ling Foo, "Court Conjurer to the Empress of China," wowed Western audiences when he toured the U.S. at the turn of the century. Now American Magician Mark Wilson, whose thaumaturgical fame dates from his days as star of TV's The Magic Land of Alla Kazam in the '60s, is seeking to balance the trade in his trade by taking his bag of tricks to China. While visiting the People's Republic to arrange performances there next fall, Wilson conjured up big crowds with small, impromptu gigs in which he would make white penknives turn...

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