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[quote] On 2012-01-17 18:30, magicians wrote: Ali Turns 70 today. I was selling magic in 1983 at a National convention in L.A. One night at the dealers booth I got a fedex delivery of my first manufactured illusion the Arm Box (Slice-off hand). This was one of the effects in my ads, so I had lots of interest. One of the first to try it out was Mohammed Ali. He had arrived at the convention and loved to buy magic. Unfortunately, his massive hands couldn't fit into the box. He also commented to me that you couldn't do this with a "brotha". Ali was feeling the ravages of his disease but his mind was still sharp. The booth was elevated so I was just above eye level with Ali. I felt like Forrest Gump, traveling obliviously through life touching greatness. I remember listening to Cassius Clay beating Sonny Liston when I was 13. Now, I actually held his huge hands in mine as I showed him how to do a magic trick, facing him and guiding his hands through the motions of a performance. My body shivered and I could feel the power of his fists. An audience with the King, lasting 5 minutes and I was touching history. Note: Ali bought Pepsilkola, one of my 4 star effects. Of course, he exposed it to all of his friends and family as was his habit. Somewhere, there is a photo of Ali and me, taken by someone who worked for Lloyd Jones (book dealer?). I never saw the shot. [/quote]
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