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Gali Gali

Luxor Gali Gali was born Mahgoub Mohammed Hanafi in Egypt. He is noted for his cups and balls finale (which you must watch to believe.)

The translation of his stage name is “Quickly Quickly” and this title has been used by members of his family, for eight generations.

Watch Gali Gali perform his famous Cups and Balls routine on the DuMont Television Network.

For more information about Gali Gali, visit his official MagicPedia entry.

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  1. mariam


    i really don’t know who found that video but who ever they are I’m very thankful and happy to see it , i have been looking all over the net for along time to find any pics or videos for Mr. Mahgoub Mohammed Hanafi because he is my great grandfather and i would very much love to see more things a bout him if it’s available , and who ever posted this video …. thanks allot for sharing this video , it brought me lots of memories

    Jun 14, 2009 @ 5:56 pm

  2. nabil abu elmagd

    I dont know where to begin, but im very happy to see my great grandfather again after many years. he was burried in port said, egypt. pls if ,whoever, posted this video, and has more, pls send me more, i would be very happy. thx again.

    Jun 18, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

  3. Hesham Galal

    Actually, I am the one who has a drop jaw now.

    I cant believe that, First of all I am Egyptian who love magic since i was 8, and continued to learn and practice this kind of art till I became a member of The IBM ( International Brotherhood of Magicians) in 1998 when I was 23 years old.

    What really bother me is that I didn’t hear about him (luxor Gali Gali) all That time I thought that the great stars in this magnificent Art should always be from the West. Further more how could such rare footage are not available at any kind of Egyptian Museums or even with his family?

    Anyway many thanks for Mr Lee Asher of course for his passion and love of the art that made him collect all those clips especially this rare one.

    PS) The translation of his stage name as “Gali Gali“ would be more accurate to be the equivalent of the words ” Hocus Pocus” but in Egyptian Slang.

    For Mr Nabil Abu El Magd, and all grandsons of Mr Mr. Mahgoub Mohammed Hanafi (Luxor Gali Gali) hope we could be in contact, It really honer me

    Hesham Galal

    Aug 04, 2009 @ 11:38 am

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  5. Martin

    Thank you for finding Mahgoub Mohammed Hanafi. This is the first time that i see my uncle in a show.
    I only had pictures of him.

    My father was a magician too and this video above was my fathers act (Ahmed Mohammed Hanafi).
    He was born in port side 1911.
    Mahgoub Mohammed Hanafi was the 7th generation and my father was the last.

    Once again thank you for putting this video on the net.

    Martin Hanafi

    Jan 03, 2010 @ 9:33 am

  6. Samira

    Dear Martin Hanafi, reader,

    I am pleased with the upload as well, being the daughter of Ahmed Mohammed Hanafi (the other, brother, Gali Gali, born September 17, 1911 in Port Said). I was born in 1957 in The Netherlands, The Hague and I still want to know were my father died and is burried.
    Anyone who can help? Thank you in advance! I trust the web site moderator will allow this question.

    With kind regards,

    Sep 02, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

  7. Murray Eisenberg

    The Gali Gali video appears as just solid black, with no actual picture. What happened?

    I’d love to see it: I saw Gali Gali at a convention (IBM?) in Philadelphia some 55 to 60 years ago. He was utterly amazing.

    Dec 16, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

  8. Nabil Abu Elmagd jr.

    Well, it seems that I got family that I don’t know anything about. Martin and Samira. I’m from the Mohamed Hanafi part as he was my grandmothers dad. My grand mom, God rest her soul, was Sayeda Hanafy and my mom is Laila and uncle Hanafi. I was born in New York but I’m living in Cairo, Egypt for the last 26 years. I’m 46 now.

    Nice to meet u people, hope one day we get in touch. My e- mail is:

    Oct 24, 2013 @ 12:01 am

  9. Nabil Abu Elmagd jr.

    By the way, the rest of our family are in port saied, Giza pyramids, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. My great grandfather who you saw in the Gali Gali show was buried in Port Saied and I was there. God rest his soul.

    Oct 24, 2013 @ 12:02 am