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Don Alan

(Cincinatti, Ohio: 22nd February 1926 - 15th April 1999)

Stage name of Donald Alan McWethy. Chavez graduate 1947. Protégé of John Snyder Jr and Bert Allerton. Pro close-up since 1949. Bartender-magician at Schulien's 1951-54. TV "Magic" weekly series (26 half-hour shows) in Chicago 1952-53; ABC-TV "Magic Ranch" (13 half-hour shows) 1961. Many TV bits with Sullivan (1960 and 1961), Carson, Allen, Douglas, etc.

Wrote Close-Up Time with Don Alan (1951, 20pp; repr 1970), Pretty Sneaky (1956, 48pp; repr 1960 and 1968), and The Rubber Circus (1958, 15pp). Tricks in New Phoenix. Video (1988). Bio and collected tricks is by Jon Racherbaumer, In a Class by Himself: The Legacy of Don Alan (2001, 309pp).

In 1989 Mike Rogers wrote that "Don Alan is the most copied professional close-up magician in history". Many would agree. Died in San Diego of Alzheimer’s complications.

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Pretty Sneaky by Don AlanThe very commercial routines of one of our top performers. Graduate of the Chavez School, host of his own TV show on several occasions, including 26 weeks of "Magic Ranch." A full time pro who specialized in the kind of tricks you love. These pages bring you his close up tricks with cards, balls, coins, ball point pen, pins, flash string, a lump of coal (the hit of many TV shows!) and others. Everyone of these tricks is a proven commercial success before it hit the book.

1st edition 1956; 1st digital edition 2013, 51 pages.

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  1. About Don Alan
  2. The Four Jacks And The Bouncing...
2013 / 8 / 10

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Close-Up Time with Don Alan by Don AlanWhen Don Alan first worked at Schuliens Bar in Chicago, everyone highly praised his work and his fresh, new approach. He went on to set the standard for close-up magic. This ebook provides a group of solid Don Alan close up tricks: Flash Production Sponge Ball, Riffle Time Force, Subtle One Way Deck, Keep Your I On Your Hat, Wax in Matchbox, Inflation Pencil, Card in Egg, Bread Sandwich, Bill in Orange, Stuck Up Card, and more.

1st edition 1951, 20 pages; digital edition 2012, 23 pages.

2012 / 4 / 5

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