“The Dirty Jokes & Magic Tricks Show” live at Twin Strike Emporium (124 West Main Ave. – Rockford, IA 50468) on FRIDAY, JUNE 12th, 2015. Showtime is 9:07 PM, but arrive early for drinks and good seats. Tickets are only $10 in advance, or $15 on the day of the show. LIMITED SEATING – TICKETS ON SALE NOW. Visit Twin Strike Emporium, or call 641-756-3761 to see if any tickets are left. For more information about the show, visit http://DirtyJokesAndMagicTricks.com
I wish I could talk to every aspiring live entertainer, one-on-one, while they’re still fresh and enthusiastic, and haven’t yet become jaded and soul-crushed.
I’d walk in, point at him, and demand, “You! Stand up. Tell me your story. What are you going to do? What are your goals? What’s your dream?”
And as he starts, I’ll cut him off with, “Shut the fuck up and sit the fuck down.”
And if he *DOES* shut the fuck up and sit the fuck down, I’ll tell him to stand the fuck back up.
I would do that because, when I was just starting, nobody ever told me to stand the fuck back up, but if someone had – as simple as it seems – it would have saved me a TON of frustration, confusion, and anger in this showbiz journey. So I’m telling you now: stand the fuck back up.
Because showbiz is FILLED with shut-the-fuck-up-and-sit-the-fuck-down, and you can’t let something as little as shut-the-fuck-up-and-sit-the-fuck-down derail you.
You’re gonna get shut-the-fuck-up-and-sit-the-fuck-down from club owners and event-planners and booking agents, you’re gonna get shut-the-fuck-up-and-sit-the-fuck-down from more than a few unruly audiences, you’re gonna get shut-the-fuck-up-and-sit-the-fuck-down from fellow entertainers who are envious of your originality, you’re gonna get shut-the-fuck-up-and-sit-the-fuck-down from professional critics and anonymous internet douchebags alike, you’re gonna get shut-the-fuck-up-and-sit-the-fuck-down from industry suits who think they know your voice and audience better than you do, and you’re gonna get shut-the-fuck-up-and-sit-the-fuck-down from your closest family and friends when they try to convince you to walk away from your aspirations so you can be just as unhappy as they are, out of jealousy that is thinly-veiled as “caring.”
And – worst of all – you’re gonna get shut-the-fuck-up-and-sit-the-fuck-down from that little voice in your head. That’s the tough one.
But you gotta keep plugging away, keep working, keep writing, keep creating, keep experimenting, keep getting onstage, keep believing in yourself, and keep sticking to your guns, despite all the shut-the-fuck-up-and-sit-the-fuck-down.
Stand up tall… look your shut-the-fuck-up-and-sit-the-fuck-down square in the eyes… and tell it to SHUT THE FUCK UP and SIT THE FUCK DOWN.
Because you’ve got a lot of motherfuckers to prove wrong.
If you’re an entertainer… click here:
You can thank me later.
”A true great artist at heart never ceases to create, continuously amazes and keeps sharing his gift despite barriers, judgement, fears and dreaded myths. If you stopped being creative out of fear or loss of self-esteem or pride, you were never an artist first and foremost for you have ran away from your true calling.”
– Elizabeth E. Castillo
At a glance:
Nathan Allen, The Maniac of Magic
Part Magician. Part Comedian. Totally Dysfunctional.
1064 University Ave., Dubuque, IA 52001
Saturday, November 23, 2013
THE MANIAC OF MAGIC IS COMING TO DUBUQUE
DUBUQUE, IOWA – Part magician, part comedian, and totally dysfunctional, Nathan Allen will be bringing his highly-caffeinated blend of magic and comedy to Dubuque! Allen (dubbed “The Maniac of Magic” by his peers) will be making a stop at The Whisky (1064 University Avenue) on Saturday, November 23rd. The adult-only show will start at 8:00 PM.
Yes, Nathan 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 a bit naughty and tons of fun, without being offensive, 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 recently presented Nathan with the Iowa Magic Award, based on his technical skills 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 appeared on international television on TV3, broadcast from the United Kingdom, and has been seen here in the USA on NBC, ABC, and PBS television news programs. And yet, in a typical example of his priorities, he insists that he is most proud of being elected Class Clown.
More than just something out of thin air, Nathan’s slow-but-steady rise in the entertainment industry is the result of a 15-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 29, Nathan has a long list of performances under his belt, for companies including 3M, Alliant Energy, Charter Communications, Honda, RadioShack, Swiss Valley Farms, and Wal-Mart, to name just a few.
Nathan is based out of Des Moines, Iowa. He drinks way too much coffee, and in his spare time, he enjoys arguing with the television… when it’s turned off.
For more information about who Nathan is and what he does, visit him on the web at ManiacOfMagic.com. For more info about Saturday’s show in Dubuque, call The Whisky at 563-557-0878.
Wednesday, Sept. 25th, 2013
Whiskey Bones Roadhouse
3820 N. Broadway… Rochester, Minnesota
The insanity starts at 9:00 PM
Tickets just $10
Friday, June 14, 2013
The Palace Theatre
105 W. Washington, Edinburg, IL 63462
The insanity starts at 9:00pm
For tickets or more info, call Double D’s at (217) 623-5719
For more info about the show and performers, visit http://DirtyJokesAndMagicTricks.com