Broken Wand - Ali Bongo

Message from Mandy Davis (UK)

Very sad to report that Ali Bongo has just passed away (Saturday 7th March) in his battle with a stroke and further complications with pneumonia in hospital in London. Ali will be sadly missed around the world and this is a great loss to the magic fraternity. Funeral details will follow as they become available.

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Bongo, Ali, MIMC
(Bangalore, India: 8 Dec 1929- ) Stage name of William Oliver Wallace, of Scots-Irish parents. Raised in England. Marketed 1st invention at age 16. Co-founded Midway Magical Society 1947. In London worked at the Unique Magic Studio 1954-56, the Chavel Magic Corner 1956-60, & managed Hamley's Magic Studio 1960-64. IBM British Ring Shield 1964. Developed his "Shriek of Araby" act in early 1960s. Full-time pro comedy magic since 1964. 1972 Magic Circle "Magician of the Year" award. 1975 AMA Best Lecturer. British Ring Past President. Advisor for TV series of David Nixon 1970-78 & Paul Daniels 1979-present, plus other theatrical shows. 1991 David Berglas Award. 1993 AMA Masters Fellowship.
Wrote The Bongo Book (1966, 64pp), Be A Magician (1979), & Ali Bongo's Book of Magic (1980). 1980 AMA Creative Fellowship. Tricks in Abra & Genii.

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