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Ali Bongo

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Ali Bongo (born 1929) is a British comedy magician who has an act in which he is known as the Shriek of Araby.

Bongo's real name is William Wallace, and he was born in India.

Bongo has written many books on magic, many containing tricks of his own. As well as writing them he also illustrates them in his instantly recognizable style. He has acted as magic consultant for many TV shows and musicals, including the Paul Daniels Magic Show for the BBC.

Bongo won the 1993 Carlton Award for Comedy.


  • The Bongo Book (1966)
  • Be a Magician (1979)


  • Was mentioned in the Half Man Half Biscuit song, "Reflections in a flat".
  • Bongo was mentioned in a Little Britain sketch.
  • Bongo is great uncle to the Portsmouth footballer David Nugent.
  • Bongo was featured in an episode of Children's TV show Rainbow and appeared in the science-fiction show The Tomorrow People in the serial "Revenge of Jedikiah".
  • Bongo was the magical advisor to 70s cult TV show, Ace of Wands
  • Bongo was mentioned in a series two episode of the Mighty Boosh