Luxor Gali-Gali

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Luxor Gali-Gali
BornMahgoub Mohammed Hanafi
October 23, 1902
Port Said, Egypt
DiedOctober 1, 1984 (age 81)
Luxor Gali-Gali (1902 - 1984) was noted for his cups and balls finale producing several live baby chicks. The translation of his stage name is "Quickly Quickly" in Turkish and this title has been used by members of his family, for eight generations.[1]

He became an American citizen in 1944.

Gali-Gali performed many times on the Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town TV show in the late 1940s.

When the United States entered World War II, he toured the army camps and sponsored by Lucky Strike Cigarettes in a pre-U.S.O. camp tour.[2]

He carried a card from the Royal S.P.C.A. of England, certifying that no cruelty, only dexterity is used in handling the baby chicks. And while appearing in New York City, the local S.P.C.A. would send an officer each week to pick up the chicks, and retire them to a farm.[3]

By 1963, Luxor Gali-Gali was getting so much business in Las Vegas, Nevada, that he moved his family there.

He died on October 1, 1984 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

References

  1. http://www.newyorker.com/archive/1940/05/04/1940_05_04_013_TNY_CARDS_000180245
  2. Magic A Pictorial History History of Conjurers in the Theater by David Price (1985)
  3. Magician of the Month, MUM, FEBRUARY, 1963


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