A MESSAGE FROM JACK DELVIN
Ali was an enigma. Highly intelligent and brilliantly
inventive, but; he did not produce highly complicated, highly mechanical,
hi-tech, monstrosities. He used his intelligence to seek the simplest solution
to any problem; and he did it without fail.
His incisive brain cut through all the mumbo jumbo and gobbledegook to a
solution that invariably produced the comment Ďwhy didnít I think of
I will never forget the occasion when Ali kindly agreed to be the cabaret at my
eldest sonís wedding. During the evening Ali sat quietly in a corner like
someoneís elderly uncle, then slowly got up and left the room. Next minute, to
the shocked amazement of the guests, a whirling dervish of a man in flying
burnoose, turban, and curly-toed gold slippers, pelted onto the floor in a
blizzard of magical happenings with silks, flags, confetti, loud guns, bottles
and streamers, which had the company in hysterical laughter.
Ali Bongo, a man of contrasts. Introverted but, in performance the complete
extrovert. Gentle, kind, helpful but, if he had a bee in his bonnet about the
way a trick or act should be performed, he could be extremely forceful in
putting his opinion across.
You know the type of magician who, when you mention some trick you have seen,
always claims to have invented it; Ali was like that. But, in Aliís case, he
Ali Bongo was larger than life, even larger than death, his memory will live in
the annals of magic forever.
Jack Delvin MIMC
Vice President of The Magic Circle