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 his twisted sense of humor, sleight-of-hand magic skills, and hilarious audience participation 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 corporate event or a biker bar.

With a knack for being naughty and tons of fun, Nathan’s personality-driven performances have been described as…

SINCE-1996_iowa-magician-iowa-comedianMore 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 33, Nathan has a long list of performances under his belt, for companies including…

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In addition to countless corporate engagements at banquets, awards nights, and holiday parties, Nathan also entertains at nightclubs, casinos, comedy clubs, colleges, country clubs, festivals, and private parties throughout the Midwest and nationwide.

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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”. His entertainment services won him a full-ride business scholarship to attend college. Of the dozens of magicians in Iowa, Nathan was the only one selected to perform onstage at Iowa Governor Culver‘s Inaugural Gala.

He has also appeared on television a few times, but did it without being chased by police, which is a “first” among his family.

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

Nathan is based out of northeast Iowa. 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
How did you do that?
It's Magic
What is your show like?
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.
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.
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 do you have up your sleeve?
Nothing.
See?
I have nothing up my sleeve.(I got that tattoo so I could *HONESTLY* say “I have nothing up my sleeve.”
Do you use 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!
Can you make someone disappear for me?
Sure. But do you need it to look like an accident? Because that costs extra.
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? 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 90% 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).
Can you pull a coin out of my ear?
You should probably go see a doctor about that.
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?
The exact fee for my magician/comedian 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, 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.
How do I book you for my party or event?
Just CLICK HERE and fill out the quick form.