Ali Bongo (William Oliver Wallace 1929-2009) was a British comedy magician, prolific inventor and former President of The Magic Circle. A flamboyant performer he was famed for his (perhaps now politically dubious) Shriek of Araby character with an exotic costume and headgear – he had been born in India, the son of an army officer. He appeared on many TV shows and was a creative consultant to performers including TV magicians David Nixon (see Object 28) and Paul Daniels (see Object 10). He filled his London flat with books, costumes and home-made props until there was no more room, so he bought another flat in the same building and filled that one too.
Ali Bongo painting
Youngsters conjure up top prizes
A 13-year-old boy who lives in Spain and an 11-year-old girl from West Yorkshire were the big winners at this year’s annual Young Magicians Club Junior Day awards held...
Young Magician of the Year 2023
Having considered the five entries received for the Competition this year the Committee have decided that it is not possible to proceed to a Final. The event on April...