Hi. I’m Nathan, a smartass who does funny magic shows that make adult parties and events FUN.

Yes, I am a magician… but this isn’t one of those “normal” cheesy magic shows for kids. Instead of doing shows for schools, churches, and birthday parties… I do shows at places like comedy clubs, biker bars, casinos, and company parties.

Watch this video to see what I mean:

I combine 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.

It’s Vegas-Quality Entertainment That People Love…

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...Based Right Here In The Midwest!

iowa-magician-iowa-comedian_nathan-tricky-allenAlthough I travel and entertain all across America, I've lived in Iowa my whole life, and about 80% of my gigs are right here in the Midwest (Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, etc.).  And I love it.

This means if you're looking to book professional entertainment for an event in the Midwest, you will not have to spend an arm and a leg flying someone in - I'm already here!

And if you want to attend one of my public shows here in the Midwest, this means ticket prices can stay reasonable, too!

20+ Years And Thousands Of Performances

I did my first paid show when I was just 12 years old. Now, at the age of 34, I have a long list of performances under my belt. A few of my past appearances include...

Oh, and in school, I was voted Class Clown. So I've got that going for me... which is nice.

Naughty And Funny, Without Being Gross Or Offensive

Unlike most magicians, who just do cheesy "kid" shows, MY show is for ADULTS ONLY.  It's closer in tone to a comedian than to most magicians; I'm certainly no "Silly Willy The Birthday Magician."

But I'm not "Filthy McNasty the X-Rated Comedian," either.

My show is naughty and funny, but is NOT over-the-top offensive or obscene.

I do NOT rant about religion, politics, race, or gender, I do NOT tell gross stories, and I do NOT get naked onstage...  BUT...  there is humor, language, references, innuendo, and dangerous-looking tricks which are not appropriate for kiddos (this is why I perform at places like company parties and nightclubs... NOT churches and schools).

If my live show were a movie, it would probably be rated either "PG-13" or "R," depending on the particular audience I'm entertaining on any given night.

Any Questions So Far?

Is 'Tricky' *really* your middle name?
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?
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?
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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Hope to see you soon!

Nathan Tricky Allen
Magician / Comedian
Iowa, USA