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BEFORE OPTING for a cushy part-time number as Paul Daniels’s “magic consultant” (a job that surely consisted of just saying the words “Stop it”), the Michael Bentine of conjuring ALI BONGO anchored this kids magicarama “aided and abetted” by hopeless puppet cat in a fez, Ali Cat. Lots of “tricks to try at home”, usually involving a) a glass b) a handkerchief c) a thimble (for any working class children watching). Dopey kid magicians in oversized top hats wandered in and out.

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