See another side of the late, legendary boxer and cultural icon.
The world didn’t just lose a great athlete and orator on the weekend. We also lost a great amateur magician.
The clip above, from ESPN’s Muhammad and Larry (part of the brilliant 30 For 30 documentary series), shows Ali captivating kids with a magical key and transforming a scarf into a wand.
This clip, of Muhammad Ali entertaining professional wrestlers with magic tricks in an airport, is also great fun.
Then there was the time he hilariously pranked these kids.
It’s impossible to overstate Ali’s importance and his impact on 20th century culture, and there are plenty of places you can read all about that. But, as his friends, family and fans mourn their loss, let’s remember that he was a real person, too — and a pretty damn fun one, by the looks of things.