Tom Moore wrote:Ali was born in 1929
Medway magic society was founded shortly after WW2
By the early 1960’s Ali is appearing on tv & newsreels with his very developed and well known act by an established performer; not as a newcomer trying out something new.
So absolutely nothing you’ve claimed is correct mark.
Don't be silly, old chap. I am never wrong. I knew Ali Bongo personally. He was my boss. I knew him quite well and I exasperated him on many occasions. I remember he told someone at a convention "I worked with him for a very short time and it seemed like a very long time". I actually worked with him for about a year in Hamleys. And in the early sixties. If he was such a big star in the early sixties he wouldn't have been working in Hamleys for Tony Corinda! If he was born in 1929 he would have been about 19 years old or so in the late forties. A bit young to be a TV star like you claim. He was NOT an "established performer". Working for daft magicians at a few conventions doesn't mean a thing. In fact he showed me a photograph of the work he was doing when he was 19. No newsreels. No television. He was telling fortunes in some seedy carnival or amusement park somewhere. I was always amused when in his later years he sniffed at the validity of palmistry and never told anyone he used to do it himself! I think I was the only one who knew he ever did it!
He also told me he had a girl friend named Margaret in his younger days. I suppose if the old dear is still alive somewhere we could ask her if Ali did much in the way of professional work then. Or if she is in the spirit world I can contact her myself if you wish. in my capacity as a psychic reverend.
I do think he had his act going by then but I distinctly remember him working on it in a back room at Hamleys. The professional work he was getting at that time was minimal and he was doing even less in the late 1940s. He would perform at a few magician's conventions and that would have been about it.
You really must accept that I am the expert in these matters and we will get along far better.