Muhammad Ali performs rope a dope magic tricks – 1985

By Photographer Michael Brennan

After losing two fights, once against Larry Holmes and the last against Trevor Berbick in the Bahamas Ali retreated to his modest LA mansion.
The deafening silence was in stark contrast to the madness and mayhem that had engulfed his previous twenty years.
He would entertain anyone who dropped by with his “magic tricks”. – 1985

Ali perfoming another rope a dope trick as he did in the infamous fight against George Foreman.  Photographer Mickey Brennan said he was the Greatest in the ring but his magic skills was not as great.

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