It is with deep sadness that I have to report the death of Ali Bongo, President of The Magic Circle. I received the news over the weekend via Broken Wand, an internet news feed.
Ali Bongo is a name that has become so much a part of the heritage of British Magic. I first saw Ali Bongo on television with David Nixon and Anita Harris in the early 1970s. In fact both David Nixon and Paul Daniels owe a huge debt to the creative talent of Ali for their sustained careers on television.
I have the unique distinction of being presented with my triple award for Close-up Magician of The Year by Ali Bongo in 2003.
Ali Bongo’s contribution to British Magic is beyond reproach and I would like to offer this brief blog as a tribute to a great magician and gentleman.