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Ali working with another late great - DAVID NIXON

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbX08SLgnBw
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Ali Bongo was A great Man, and a friend to many. He helped me with my sumo act and always rang me to let me know if he was going to Japan and asked if I needed Wigs for my act.

he will be sadley missed.

Here is a great tribute to Ali by Roy Marsh
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?......39241166


RIP Ali
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TV magician Ali Bongo dies at 79
Magician Ali Bongo, who made numerous appearances on television, has died aged 79 after suffering a stroke.

Bongo - whose real name was William Wallace - also acted as a consultant on programmes including The Paul Daniels Magic Show and Jonathan Creek.

The BBC drama's creator David Renwick once said that Bongo's work had inspired its lead character.

He became president of The Magic Circle in September and had been giving a lecture in Paris when he fell ill.

Bongo's other screen appearances included 1970s children's shows Pauline's Quirkes and The Tomorrow People.

'Great entertainment'

He also fronted Ali Bongo's Cartoon Carnival, which ran for nine episodes on the BBC in 1971.

His ability to devise and demonstrate tricks led to work with TV magicians including as assistant to David Nixon, and later with Paul Daniels as his chief consultant.

Bongo also worked with actors, teaching them how to replicate illusions on film, including the BBC's 1999 production of Oliver.

Bongo, who was born in India, also produced a number of books in which he illustrated how to perform magic tricks.

The magician said he was against exposing tricks on television, saying it ruined the fun for budding young illusionists.

"It's rather silly. That spoils it for a great many kids. If their tricks are exposed on TV, they can't show them to their friends.

"Magic is a great entertainment if done professionally and with style," he added.

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What a joy..this man spread around the world.

I remember first seeing him in the mid 70's ...last time was about 2003.

Thinking about it still makes me smile....



Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

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I met Ali several times at various conventions what a great person,

RIP

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Ali Bongo was a performer/lecturer at the first magic convention I ever attended - I believe it was in 1976 in San Diego. I still remember a cascading ribbon from top hat effect he showed during his lecture.

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I spent a delightful afternoon with Ali and Simon Drake here in Santa Monica. They were in LA pitching a TV idea, we got together to compare notes on building magic theaters.

At the time I was building my theater at Magicopolis, Ali had just designed the Magic Circle theater which was going through the building approval process, and Drake had just completed building his London theater.

The conversation was sparkling and Ali had many amusing anecdotes we could all relate to regarding building and safety codes, trap doors, moving panels, lifts for handicapped magicians, general and subcontractors, blueprints, architects, change orders, etc.

Funny man, brilliant innovator, charming performer...
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I saw the news on the front page of the Telegraph here, which goes to show the legacy Ali left behind and the understated impact he had on the British psyche. He lectured at Leicester a few years back and my impressions were of a man who loved magic, and was so keen to share this with all of us that he over-ran and missed his train!

He rushed off to try and catch it and didn't get the chance to sell his lecture notes. At the next meeting our secretary said Ali was so put out at this missed opportunity he had sent the notes over on a disc with instructions to duplicate it free of charge for anyone who had missed out. The whole thing had been an exercise in sharing his brilliant ideas. I felt quite inspired, and I am very glad to have had the opportunity to meet him, albeit briefly.

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Ali Bongo as The Shriek Of Araby

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbOwMc5paAw

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Magic has lost another legend.
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Ali Bongo lived a good life. Let's not mourn his death instead, let's remember his magic and friendship. May he have eternal rest.

Sincerely,

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As I’ve travelled through life Ali Bongo was my hero, my mentor, my colleague and my employee. But mostly he was my friend.

I've shared some of my memories on my blog which you can find at the myspace web address below.

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Magician Ali Bongo has died in hospital at the age of 79, a spokesman for the Magic Circle said.

Ali Bongo dies at 79 The performer, whose real name was William Wallace, died at St Thomas' Hospital in central London on Sunday morning.

He was president of the Magic Circle and helped devise tricks for other magicians including Paul Daniels.

Acting President of The Magic Circle Jack Delvin said he suffered a stroke on a visit to France to lecture at a magicians convention.

Mr Delvin said: "Ali made his name on television in his own right as The Shriek of Araby and also as Alistair, assistant to David Nixon and as principal advisor to the Paul Daniels Show. He was famous throughout the world of magic and indeed the world generally."

David Renwick, the creator of the television show Jonathan Creek, based the show's title character on Ali.

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A brilliant magician, creator and most of all person who had time for anyone.

My hat is truly taken off to Ali. Blessed to have shared some thoughts with him and magic was blessed to have him.

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A special tribute website has been has been set up to mark the death of Ali Bongo and you can also sign the visitor’s book and leave messages of sympathy.

http://www.pongolia.co.uk

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I didn't know Ali Bongo, but knew of his work in magic. My condolences go out to those of you that knew him and also his family.

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I have some great old lecture notes from Bongo where each effect is completely described with one hand drawn, by Ali, picture, no text, and it understandably covers about 15 tricks.
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