I’m a full-time, nationally-touring comedy-magician for adult crowds. My shows are a blend of sleight-of-hand magic, stand-up comedy, dangerous tricks, stupid stunts, immature pranks, and hilarious (and unpredictable) audience interaction. Based out of central Iowa, I entertain throughout the Midwest and across America at a wide range of adult parties and events – from comedy clubs, to biker bars, to Fortune 500 corporate events.

Below, you’ll find a whole bunch of information about who I am and what I do:

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What People Are Saying

“Nathan got shy people out of their shells, and had everyone – from younger staff to older directors – laughing hysterically!”

CBIZ Financial Services
Minneapolis, Minnesota

“Very funny, fast-paced, and leaves you wondering ‘How the hell did he do that!?’”

Boxcars Pub & Grub
Clinton, Wisconsin

“Your show was enjoyed by absolutely EVERYONE! (And that is VERY hard to do!)”

Milbank Area Hospital
Milbank, South Dakota

“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

“Funny, fast moving, unique, and very entertaining!”

Vetesnik Power Sports
Richland Center, Wisconsin

“Insanely hilarious… This guy had our group CRYING from laughter!”

Havana National Bank
Havana, Illinois

“The best event EVER… Very high quality entertainment!”

Spring Lake Inn
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

“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

“We’ve never had as many people gather for the entertainment at our convention!”

Land Improvement Contractors Association
Des Moines, Iowa

“The show was so great, people are still talking about it seven months later!”

Fraternal Order of Eagles
Azusa, California

“Sarcastic and funny… perfect for a company party!”

Poet Biorefining
Emmetsburg, Iowa

“This guy is one talented, FUNNY guy… Your face will hurt from laughing so hard!”

Audubon Golf & Country Club
Audubon, Iowa

“A LOT more laughs than a typical magic show!”

Juice Magazine
Des Moines, Iowa

“Action-packed! Funny and unpredictable!”

Iowa Emergency Management Association
Des Moines, Iowa

“A laugh-filled night with a wild and edgy magician!”

Seattle Performs
Seattle, Washington

“Outstanding!… They had tears rolling down their faces!”

Charter Communications
Kearney, Nebraska

“You did an awesome job… The show was very funny and we loved the audience participation!”

Iowa Corrections Association
Waterloo, Iowa

Biography

Part 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.

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 34, 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” are your comedy/magic shows?
Well… I’m no “Silly Willy The Birthday Magician,” but then again, I’m not “Filthy McNasty The X-Rated Comedian,” either. It’s funny, edgy, and for adult audiences, but is NOT gross, obscene, or offensive. It’s fun. If my live show were a movie, it would probably be rated either "PG-13" or "R," depending on the event and audience I'm entertaining on any given night.
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?
Both, and neither… I like to think of myself as a magician, 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?
I travel as a comedian/magician nationwide, but am based in Iowa, so obviously I get around to Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Iowa City, Waterloo, Ames, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, and Mason City all the time. I also frequently get invited to perform in the surrounding Midwestern states of 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.

Well, that's pretty much it. That's who I am and what I do.

I don't think there's much more I can tell you without getting uncomfortably personal (I save THAT for the live shows, haha).

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Nathan Tricky Allen
Magician / Comedian
Iowa, USA