Iowa Magician / Iowa Comedian, Nathan Tricky Allen

NATHAN TRICKY ALLEN,
Iowa-based Comedian-Magician who entertains adult crowds at parties, events, and venues across America.

Hi.

I’m Nathan.

I do comedy + magic shows that make adult parties and events FUN.

I combine sleight-of-hand magic, stand-up comedy, dangerous tricksstupid stunts, immature pranks, and hilarious (and unpredictable) audience interaction into one of the very few magic shows in all of America that is both exclusively for adults AND genuinely funny.

Whether I’m performing at a corporate event, a comedy club, or a biker bar, my show is all about having FUN with the audience.

Take a look around, and I hope to see you soon!


Nathan Tricky Allen
Magician / Comedian
Iowa, USA

Demo Video

Rave Reviews

“Upbeat… Funny… Everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you for a very entertaining party!”
Advanced Drainage Systems
Eagle Grove, Iowa
“Thank you for your excellent performance at our party. Everyone who attended keeps commenting to me how much fun it was watching your show. Your sense of humor made it very exciting. Everyone had a GREAT time.”
Alliant Energy
Lansing, Iowa
“Fantastic show!!! This is one talented, FUNNY guy. Yes, he is “adults only” but very accommodating to the type of crowd and doesn’t drop the ‘f-bomb’ like a comma. If you’re hesitating on booking Nathan – DON’T HESITATE; Get him for your event! He’s definitely a crowd-pleaser that your audience will enjoy… Only problem is your face will hurt from laughing so hard!”
Audubon Golf & Country Club
Audubon, Iowa

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“Now THAT was fun!”
Behind The Bricks
Las Vegas, Nevada
“Just wanted to let you know that I’ve received a lot of great feedback… Our VP called and said I did a good job on the event and he really enjoyed the entertainment. So just wanted to thank you and let you know that I will definitely recommend you… Take care and thanks again!!”
Berkley Technology Services
Urbandale, Iowa
“Very funny, fast-paced, and leaves you wondering ‘How the hell did he do that!?'”
Boxcars Pub & Grub
Clinton, Wisconsin

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“Great entertainment – Hilarious, tons of laughs, and the magic is amazing! Nathan got shy people out of their shells, and had everyone – from younger staff to older directors – laughing hysterically!”
CBIZ Financial Services
Minneapolis, Minnesota
“Awesome show! …Very entertaining, professional, and hilarious… His mix of comedy and magic was outstanding! …His offbeat humor was great, and his illusions impressed everyone… I couldn’t stop laughing… I even had a couple tell me that they had tears rolling down their faces!”
Charter Communications
Kearney, Nebraska
“The show was very funny and the audience loved seeing their co-workers get picked to be a part of it.”
Climate Engineers, Inc.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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“Our organization had hired other “entertainers” for previous events, and they were really bad (no one laughed, etc.). Having not seen you, we were a bit apprehensive, especially since we were paying more for you than we’ve paid for any other performer… We are really glad we booked you! I have seen good magicians and good comedians, but have never seen one who can blend the two so well! You were hilarious and the tricks were really top rate and unique. Everyone had a great time! If someone were thinking about bringing you to their event, I would tell them to definitely hire you!”
Community Services Association
Des Moines, Iowa
“I heard only good things from our guests regarding Nathan’s performance… Very entertaining and funny!”
Corporate Business Systems
Springfield, Missouri
“Very entertaining, variety, nonstop laughs… Our audience loves you!! Always a pleasure having you here! Can’t wait to see you next time!”
Depot Sports Bar
Sterling, Illinois

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“Generally at our parties, people begin to leave shortly after the meal. This year we hired Nathan, and NOBODY left the party until he was done with his performance. He was as good of a comedian as he was a magician… Nathan has a lot of talent and a great future in the entertainment field.”
Donaldson Co.
Cresco, Iowa
“Very entertaining, funny, and enjoyable!”
Donatech Corporation
Fairfield, Iowa / Cedar Rapids, Iowa
“Knocked it out of the ballpark!… The show was so great, people are still talking about it seven months later!”
Fraternal Order of Eagles
Azusa, California

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“An exciting time!”
The Gazette
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
“Off-the-wall, yet down-to-earth… A crowd favorite of adults who work hard and play hard!”
Happenings Magazine
Kenosha, Wisconsin
“Insanely hilarious, witty, and fun! This guy had our group CRYING from laughter!”
Havana National Bank
Havana, Illinois

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“Absolutely stunning – Always a crowd pleaser!”
The Horseshoe Tap
Calmar, Iowa
“Nathan delivers a pro act!”
Hot Fudge Music
Cedar Falls, Iowa
“Very funny… Nonstop laughs… You won’t know what to expect next… Very entertaining… Great mix of comedy and magic… Very talented and witty.”
Hy-Vee Drugstore
Ankeny, Iowa

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“Star entertainment! Nathan has a long list of performances under his belt, using humor and improvisation to give life to his magic act.”
Inside Magic
Los Angeles, California
“Excellent show… very entertaining – kept the audience guessing and interested. Great job!”
Iowa Chicago & Eastern Railroad
Bettendorf, Iowa
“You did an awesome job… The show was very funny and we loved the audience participation!”
Iowa Corrections Association
Waterloo, Iowa

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“Action-packed! Funny and unpredictable!”
Iowa Emergency Management Association
Des Moines, Iowa
“Nathan left every student laughing and even encouraged a little critical thinking! A really great show!”
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
“Our guests loved the show!”
Isle of Capri Casino
Marquette, Iowa

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“A LOT more laughs than a typical magic show!”
Juice Magazine
Des Moines, Iowa
“Caught myself saying ‘How did he do that?’ several times. Very entertaining… you were a hit! Thank you very much for an entertaining show!”
Kerry Specialty Ingredients
Fredericksburg, Iowa
“We enjoyed your show immensely!”
Kulman Construction
Colesburg, Iowa

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“We’ve never had as many people gather for the entertainment at our convention!”
Land Improvement Contractors Association
Des Moines, Iowa
“I think the standing ovation speaks for itself!”
Le Mars Fire Department
Le Mars, Iowa
“Hysterically entertaining!”
Meehan Leeper & Schwartz Eye Care Clinic
Decorah, Iowa

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“The magic was top-notch, and the comedic delivery made it real fun!”
Midwest Group Benefits
Decorah, Iowa
“Your show was enjoyed by absolutely EVERYONE! (And that is VERY hard to do!)… How are we EVER going to top that act next year?!”
Milbank Area Hospital
Milbank, South Dakota
“Edgy, funny comedy and magic at its best!”
Naturally Funny Entertainment
Chicago, Illinois

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“A stand-up comedian who uses magic… Maximum fun!”
Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.
Lincoln, Nebraska
“Be prepared to laugh and have a great time… A lot of magic and a lot of comedy to fit right along with it – a mix that is sure to please… The crew and their guests had a great time and everyone is still talking about the show… We would recommend your services to anyone’s party… Great entertainment at a great price; What more could a person ask for?!”
Oelwein Fire Department
Oelwein, Iowa
“We cannot thank you enough for your help in making the inauguration an incredible success!”
The Office Of The Governor Of Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa

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“An excellent show featuring comedy and seamless magic!”
The Outlook
Monona, Iowa
“An adults-only comedy magician… sarcastic and funny… perfect for a company party!”
Poet Biorefining
Emmetsburg, Iowa
“Captivating… Hilarious… A hard act to follow!”
The Postville Herald
Postville, Iowa

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“Edgy, and for an adult-only audience, but VERY fun!”
Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association
Red Oak, Iowa
“Outstanding… Our crowd ranged in age from 21 to retirement, and afterwards young and old alike were saying things like ‘awesome,’ ‘hilarious,’ and ‘the magic was great!'”
Road Hog’s Bar
State Center, Iowa
“We have never had as many compliments on our party as we did this year, thanks to you! Thanks for making our party a success!”
Roskamp Champion
Waterloo, Iowa

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“Not only was Nathan very funny and a very entertaining magician, but he was a class act as a person. I own a bar in NW Iowa. I booked Nathan by word of mouth and was very pleased. Upon entering my place he assessed the size, location of the stage, and acoustics and proceeded to get everything in place to have a great show. His professionalism showed. As an entertainer he included the audience, had great timing, and great props. We loved him. The audience did too. I can’t say enough positive comments about Nathan. We want him back!!”
Rumors Pub
Laurens, Iowa
“Something very different from the regular bar routine! Extremely funny, friendly, and outgoing, and worked with the crowd very well! Highly recommended to other places!”
Rush Inn
Glidden, Iowa
“A laugh-filled night with a wild and edgy magician!”
Seattle Performs
Seattle, Washington

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“He’s a magician who is fully aware of the stereotypes and stigma of being a magician, and uses comedy to overcome it – THE SHOW WAS AWESOME!”
Siouxland Community Health Center
Sioux City, Iowa
“Our customers are still talking about the show! This was one of the best nights we’ve ever had!”
Sleepy’s Bar & Grill
Bluffs, Illinois
“A must see! Everyone loved Nathan’s humor and were mystified by his magic – and the audience participation was a HOOT! Everyone said it was the best event EVER, and that it will be hard to top. Very high quality entertainment!”
Spring Lake Inn
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

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“YOU ARE GOOD! Laughter is the best medicine, and you provided us with a LOT of that!!”
State Bank of Lawler
Lawler, Iowa
“The best entertainment we’ve ever had! Your combination of comedy and magic is exceptional – truly a superb job!”
State Bank of Waverly
Waverly, Iowa
“You won’t be disappointed! Nathan was the entertainment for our work Christmas party, and he KILLED! Employees were sure to tell the ones who didn’t make it that they really missed out on a good time!”
State Retirement Systems
Springfield, Illinois

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“We thought the show was fantastic. We heard many, many great comments. Things like ‘that was better than anything I saw in Vegas.’ We have been asked by many to have you back. Just a great experience for our place.”
Strike Zone
Northwood, Iowa
“We loved your energy and style!”
Swiss Valley Farms Co.
Davenport, Iowa
“He was a definite hit! The students were talking about his magic show for an entire week!”
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

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“A magician/comedian with an edge… Impressive, funny, unbelievable, engaging, very fast on his feet and interactive… He gauged our crowd well, performed to their interests and tastes, selected the perfect people to participate, and made the show funny and personalized to our crowd… Afterwards, our employees were saying things like ‘he was so funny,’ ‘he was really entertaining,’ and ‘bring him back!'”
Vaughn Automotive
Ottumwa, Iowa
“Funny, fast moving, unique, and very entertaining!”
Vetesnik Power Sports
Richland Center, Wisconsin
“Nathan performed at my comedy club and he was incredible. His ability to connect with the audience is something you RARELY find in a performer. What I most admire about Nathan is that he loves what he does… and it shows.”
Wacko’s Comedy Club
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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“Thank you so much for making our banquet so much fun. People are still talking about it!”
West Union Chamber of Commerce
West Union, Iowa
“Excellent entertainment! The show was amazing! The illusions were mystifying and the comedy was fantastic; we laughed so hard that our ribs and faces hurt from laughing and smiling so much. Very talented on stage, and wonderful to meet in person. Highly recommended!”
West Union Trenching LLC
West Union, Iowa
“A funny and thrilling act – Our customers thoroughly enjoyed the show!”
Woody’s of Rose Creek
Rose Creek, Minnesota

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Past Appearances

Banquet Events, Bars, Beer Gardens, Casinos, Christmas Parties, Colleges, Comedy Clubs, Comedy Nights, Company Events, Company Parties, Conventions, Corporate Events, Corporate Parties, Country Clubs, Festivals, Fraternal Organizations, Fundraisers, Golf Courses, Halloween Parties, Holiday Parties, Motorcycle Rallies, New Year’s Eve Parties, Nightclubs, Office Parties, Private Parties, Public Events, Radio, Resorts, Television, Theaters…

Biography

Entertainer 20+ Years - Since 1996Part magician, part comedian, and totally dysfunctional, Nathan Tricky Allen performs a highly-caffeinated blend of magic and comedy!

Yes, Nathan Tricky Allen is a magician, but don’t be fooled – you will see NO tuxedo and NO sparkly boxes in this show.  Instead, Nathan combines sleight-of-hand magic, stand-up comedy, dangerous tricks, stupid stunts, immature pranks, and hilarious (and unpredictable) audience interaction into one of the very few magic shows on the face of the planet that is both geared for adults AND funny.

The best trick up Nathan’s sleeve is his ability to connect with a crowd, and it’s a trick he can pull off whether he is at a comedy club, a biker bar, or a Fortune 500 corporate event.

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With a knack for being naughty and tons of fun, Nathan’s personality-driven performances have been described as “Edgy, funny comedy and magic at its best!” (Naturally Funny Entertainment; Chicago, IL), “Funny, fast-moving, unique, and very entertaining!” (Vetesnik Power Sports; Richland Center, WI), and “Action packed, funny, and unpredictable!” (Iowa Emergency Management Association; Des Moines, IA).

The International Brotherhood of Magicians presented Nathan with the Justo Hijo Magic Award, based on skill, originality, and entertainment value. He is the only magician ever featured in “The Grassroots Comedy Tour” and “The Dirty Jokes & Magic Tricks Show”. He has performed at private events for heads of state, has appeared on international television on TV3, broadcast from the United Kingdom, and has been seen here in the USA on NBC, ABC, The CW, and PBS television news programs.

More than just something out of thin air, Nathan’s slow-but-steady rise in the entertainment industry is the result of a 20+ year, love-hate obsession with his work. He started learning magic when he was only 8 years old and did his first paid performance when he was just 12.

Now, at the age of 35, Nathan has a long list of performances under his belt, for companies including 3M, Alliant Energy, Ford, Charter Communications, Honda, Chevrolet, RadioShack, Swiss Valley Farms, Wal-Mart, and Facebook, to name just a few.

And yet, in a typical example of his priorities, he insists that he is most proud of being elected Class Clown.

Based out of central Iowa, Nathan entertains at nightclubs, casinos, comedy clubs, country clubs, company parties, and corporate events throughout the Midwest and across America.

He loves coffee, hates snow, and enjoys arguing with the television… when it’s turned off.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is 'Tricky' *really* your middle name?
Yup.
Tricky Is My Middle Name
What sets you apart from other magicians?

The unfortunate truth is, when most people hear “magician,” they think “lame,” “boring,” and “cheesy.”  I get it.

This is because many magicians…

  • 🙄 …are so focused on doing their TRICKS that they forget to entertain the audience…
  • 🙄 …take themselves SO SERIOUSLY that they’re not very fun to watch… or…
  • 🙄 …act SO CORNY that only little KIDS find them amusing.

Whatever. To each his own.  But I Do Things a Little Differently:

  • 👍 My focus is on having fun with the audience, not on the tricks,
  • 🤪 I do not take myself seriously (probably to a fault), and…
  • 🍺 the show is not for kids.

I just wanted to be clear: if you come to my show hoping to see Silly Willy The Birthday Magician, you’re gonna have a bad time, lol.

What is your show all about?
The show is basically part magician, and part comedian. I perform “Comedy Magic,” which combines elements of sleight-of-hand, stage magic, stand-up comedy, and audience participation. Unlike most magicians, my particular show is for adults, because it’s funny and naughty. I’ve been told my show is closer in tone to a comedian than to a magician.
How did you do that?
It's Magic
Exactly how “naughty” is your show? / Can I bring the kids?
Unlike most magicians, I do not do a kid show.

My show is naughty, funny, and geared for adults.  It contains humor, innuendo, language, references, and some dangerous-looking tricks which are not appropriate for the kiddos.  In fact, many of the events and venues I work at have 18+ or 21+ age restrictions.  I’m certainly no “Silly Willy The Birthday Clown.”

But I’m also not some “Filthy McNasty The X-Rated Comedian” either… My show is NOT over-the-top raunchy or obscene;  There is NO nudity, NO explicit or disgusting stories, and NO hate-filled rants about religion, race, politics, gender, or sexual orientation.

Exactly how “edgy” any particular show is depends upon the event and the audience on any given night (I’m usually a bit tamer at a corporate event than at a comedy club, for example), but, in general, my show is NOT for kids for these three reasons:

  1. I do tricks & stunts you would not want a child to try at home (razor blades, broken glass, etc.)
  2. Children wouldn’t understand much of the humor and references in my show, and because so much of what I do is comedy-based, this means the show simply wouldn’t be very entertaining to a kid.
  3. Many adults don’t feel comfortable laughing at adult humor, references, and innuendo while in the presence of a child… Even though these jokes go “over the heads” of children anyway, many adults in the audience still tense up when there are children present… and when people are uncomfortable and afraid to laugh, everyone’s enjoyment of the show suffers.

So… to sum it all up:  No, don’t bring the kiddos.  Book a sitter and come out for a fun night.  Nobody will be traumatized, and you’ll have a great time.  See ya soon!

Can you make someone disappear for me?
Sure.
But do you need it to look like an accident?
Because that’ll cost extra.
So… Are you a magician? Or a comedian?
I like to think of myself as a magician who just happens to be a smart-ass, but after a show recently a guy said I was “75% comedian and 25% magician.” So I could be wrong. Here’s the sad truth: Most comedians don’t claim me because of the magic, and most magicians don’t claim me because of the comedy.
What's up your sleeve?
Nothing.
I have nothing up my sleeve.
Do you use any audience participation?
Yeah! All throughout the entire show! My comedy-magic show is VERY interactive. People love to see “one of their own” brought onstage to become part of the comedy show. And it’s all in good fun, so grab a seat up front and center!
What size of crowds do you usually entertain?
I’ve performed as a comedy-magician for as few as 8 people, and as many as 1,300 (not including TV appearances and millions of views on YouTube). But *MOST* of my crowds for live shows are typically between about 75 and 200 people, which is the perfect size group for my hybrid stand-up comedy / magic show.
For what type of events do you perform?
I’ve provided entertainment for… Banquet Events, Bars, Beer Gardens, Casinos, Christmas Parties, Colleges, Comedy Clubs, Comedy Nights, Company Events, Company Parties, Conventions, Corporate Events, Corporate Parties, Country Clubs, Festivals, Fraternal Organizations, Fundraisers, Golf Courses, Halloween Parties, Holiday Parties, Motorcycle/Biker Rallies, New Year’s Eve Parties, Nightclubs, Office Parties, Private Parties, Public Events, Pubs, Resorts, Taverns, Theaters, etc. Pretty much any place where adults are free to have fun.
How long is your show?
The exact duration of the show depends on the particular event for which I’ve been hired to perform, but most of my performances are a solid hour, give or take a few minutes (the exact duration always varies a bit because I use so much audience participation).
Hey, can you pull a quarter out of my kid's ear?
Call. The. Doctor.
Where are you from, and how far do you travel?
funny-magic-show-for-adults-in-iowaAlthough I travel and entertain throughout America, I’m based out of Iowa, and most of my gigs are right here in the Midwest – Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin… but in the past several years, I’ve also started to go nationwide, which is fun. And I enjoy traveling, so don’t hesitate to say hello if you’d like to fly me out to Las Vegas or Los Angeles to entertain. Especially during the winter months. Goddamn I hate snow.
How much will it cost to book you for my event?
Because so many varying factors are involved in what I do (travel requirements, technical production, audience size, content customization), it’s impossible for me to provide a “one size fits all” price.  The exact fee for my show mostly depends on location and routing (if your event is held on a date and in a city that’s on the way to or from other gigs, the expenses will obviously be much lower than if your event requires dedicated ten-hour drives each way, the day before and after, or if there will be airfare and I have to hire sound & lights locally, etc.). I’m definitely not the cheapest, but if you’re looking for a comedy-magician who can really get the job done and blow away an adult audience, go ahead and contact me about your event now.

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