He was billed as ‘The World’s Greatest Magician. In a Performance of Oriental Splendour and Weird Mysticism’ but who really was this Oriental Man of Mystery?

Steve Short has employed mystique of his own to unravel the story of this amazing illusionist who only spoke off stage through a Chinese interpreter. This is now presented in an entertaining illustrated talk that promises to reveal the truth about this extraordinary artiste who claimed he was once sentenced to death by firing squad during the Boxer Revolution.

A climax of Soo’s act was to catch bullets between his teeth fired by his wife and assistant, Suee Seen but the illusion went wrong during a performance at London’s Wood Green Empire. Ling Soo fell backwards with a gunshot wound in his chest, thus ending the final performance and life of this enigmatic magician.

Informative and entertaining talk

“Many thanks for coming down to Duxford and delivering such an informative and entertaining talk. It was obvious that our members thoroughly enjoyed it and to that end I will tell you that I have had three phone conversations on Rotary business this morning all of which included complimentary comment on last evening.”

George Howard

Entertaining evening

“The Guilt Cross Group of WI.s had a very good and entertaining evening by Steve Short who is a professional magician and member of The Magic Circle. He gave us a talk and slide presentation on the life and career of David Nixon. The talk included many facts not known to the general public. Steve also showed some episodes from David’s television shows which brought back many happy memories to all of us. Would highly recommend this evening.”

Heather Kenny

Enjoyed it all immensely

“Thank you so much for attending our club and entertaining us with your talk and films about David Nixon’s life and career. The members enjoyed it all immensely. Also many thanks for the magic you performed. Yet another thank you for the distance you traveled to attend. It was a pleasure to meet you and your enthusiasm was very well received by us all.”

Christine Knight


“The business presentation by Steve was excellent. A business seminar needs to have presenters with a character and flair to maintain interest to a more often than not, hurried and stressful group. To perform amongst one’s own peers is a very enviable skill. To present in a manner which is constructive and supportive is essential. It would be easier for someone with the magical talents and experience of Steve to talk down to a group or be self opinionated when in fact Steve took us all on a journey of intrigue, enlightenment and realisation of some of the qualities we should all consider and be conscious of in business. Thoughtful and thought provoking. Excellent.”

Jonathan Smith (Lemon|Cherry Ltd)