Luxor Gali Gali Early Magician Signed Photo Chicks & Cups
Luxor Gali Gali; signed 8x10 B&W publicity photo, showing his famous cups & chicks trick; photo by Garbo, Chicago; quite a bit of creasing, some curl, but would mat and frame well; Note that he spells “wishes” as “washes” in the inscription; Good RARE
Luxor Gali Gali (1902-1984)
(Mahgoub Mohammed Hanafi)
Known by his stage name of Luxor Gali-Gali, was an Egyptian magician who migrated to the United States and died in Las Vegas, Nevada. (b. October 23, 1902; Port Said, Egypt - d. October 1, 1984; Las Vegas, Nevada
He was born in Port Said, Egypt on October 23, 1902. He was married to Gabrielle X (1910-2001)
He migrated to New York City around 1933-1935 and became an American citizen on November 8, 1944.
His magic act consisted of cups and balls with baby chicks instead of balls.
He appeared on the The Ed Sullivan Show and Cavalcade of Stars in 1949.
He died on October 1, 1984 in Las Vegas, Nevada at age 82) (from Fandom Familypedia)
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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.
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.
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.
Luxor Gali-Gali moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in the 1950's with his family because was getting so much business there. Gali-Gali had a daughter named Fatima born around 1950 and a son named Manir, born around 1948.
He died on October 1, 1984 in Las Vegas, Nevada
↑ Magic A Pictorial History History of Conjurers in the Theater by David Price (1985)
↑ Magician of the Month, MUM, FEBRUARY, 1963
↑ Luxor Gali-Gali at Familypedia