The late Muhammad Ali will always be remembered as one of the world’s most extraordinary boxers, as one of the most iconic sporting figures of the 20th century, and as a champion in the fight for black and Muslim rights.

Thanks to candid footage like this, we’ll also be able to remember his greatness in another form: as a gentle soul with a penchant for amateur magic.

The video above was shot in 1995 at a Japanese airport around the time of the World Championship Wrestling “Collision in Korea” event. The footage shows a 53-year-old Ali, by then deep in the throes of Parkinson’s syndrome, entertaining fellow wrestlers with a magic trick and a sly smile. 

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Update (6/7): We originally referred to a Korean airport—the airport is in Japan.