While LaSorda was traveling with Muhammed Ali,
TV Guide wrote about him in an article, excerpted here. The article can
be seen in its entirety at:
“from Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 1979, p. 24-27
stay here all this time for a million dollars'
His blustery gripes aside, rookie actor
Muhammad Ali is giving 'Freedom Road' his best shot - by Dick
Russell[author of Black Genius, Carroll & Graf, 1998]
As the sun fades, Ali retires for the day to a secluded house rented
for him outside Natchez. Kristofferson, hounded by fans at a hotel, has
accepted Ali's invitation to move in. Also staying here is a young
magician named Terry Lasorda, who came to training camp to entertain the
Champ and wound up as his resident Houdini. For two weeks before the
Ali-Spinks fight, every night Lasorda would come to Ali's hotel room to
do tricks and teach him magic.
Now, at the house, Lasorda is displaying his prowess with cards and
coins as his mentor shouts encouragement: "Ain't he good? I'm his
promoter! Gonna take him to England and all countries! He'll be the
greatest of all times!"
Finally, Ali himself takes a big metal key in the palm of his hand and
orders the living room to silence. "Now what Terry taught me here is
really power," he says. "I'm gonna make this key turn over with my mind,
watch." Under his breath, he starts to whisper: "Concentrate....
Concentrate.... Mmmmmm.... Mmmmm." As Ali grunts with seeming strain,
slowly the key does indeed begin to raise itself and eventually flips
over. "Wasn't that somethin'?" the Greatest says proudly.”
Reading's Own Wizard of Odds Gives Muhammed Ali the Shuffle