Her life was not all sunshine and roses however. Though everyone thought she was married to
In 1918, Chung Ling Soo/William Robinson was shot on stage of the Wood Green Empire Theatre in London while performing the Bullet Catching Illusion. He died as a result of his wound and was buried in London. Dot, remained in London until 1921 when she quietly returned to America. She moved to the Bronx and became a recluse, never again associating with her friends in the magic world. She died November 13, 1934 from cancer.
Olive 'Dot' Robinson is buried in an unmarked grave in The Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. Other notables in the magic world who are buried there include: Alexander and Adelaide Herrmann, Max Holden, and Black Hermann.
Fellow magic historian, Diego Domingo is now working to raise funds for a grave marker for Olive Robinson. I learned of this at this years Yankee Gathering, when Diego gave a brief talk about Olive and the unmarked grave. As you know, I am a believer in caring for these graves of our brethren, and have contributed to the fund and would like to give you an opportunity to as well, if you so choose.
If you would like to contribute to the fund Checks should be made out to:
and sent to:
P.O. Box 1463
Studio City, Calif. 91614-0463