Fez-wearing Ali Cat was an apprentice magician
and cohort of ventriloquist
Ray Alan in this children's magic show from
The show featured a grab bag of budding youngsters
keen to show off their
magical talents, and joining them were a host
of established stars and
celebrities, pop group and singers such as Ali
Bongo, The Wurzels, The
Weltons, Nola, Flintlock, actor Michael Holloway
and actress Pauline Quirke.
The series had the full support of its namesake
"The Magic Circle" , and it
was first broadcast around the time of the
Queen's Silver Jubilee in July 1977.
Ray Alan is famous for bringing us Tich and
Quackers in the 1960s,
Micky the Martian, and for his hinjinx with
Lord Charles - an eccentric, tipsy
aristocrat with a monocle, whose facial design
was apparently based upon
that of Stan Laurel. As a writer, Ray also wrote
scripts for the 1961 sitcom
"Bootsie and Snudge". Sadly, Ray died
Fans of Ali Cat could get to grips with still more
magical mumbo-jumbo via
"Ali Cat's Magic Circle Book of Tricks"
(Look-in Books./ Arrow Books.)
And if you're looking for a modern Ali Cat equivalent
you should check out
Nibbles, the rabbit who juggled magic and mirth on "The Animal
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