Ken Allen

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Ken Allen
BornKen W. Allen
April 18, 1928
DiedMay 20, 2009 (age 81)
Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania
Flourished1950s - 1980s

Ken Allen was a professional performer and magic dealer (Ken Allen Products) in New Jersey.

He worked as a pitchman on a carnival, an acrobatic and comedy diver, and did acrobatic waltzing and tap dancing. Allen became interested in magic in 1943 when dancing on a show on which Al Minder was working.[1]

He created the Soo-Zee fanning powder application tool, Chinatown Quarter, Jumping Gems, Monkey-Bar, Robot Coins, and Solid Brass Locket Release. He marketed Carl Wolf's Lock of Gibraltar.

In the 1940's Allen and Jim Reneaux ran a branch of the Abbott Magic Company in New York City.

He edited Allen's Attic 1954-62 (24 issues).

He later retired to Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania.[2][3][4]

Books

  • Do-It-Yourself Lecture # 1 (1957)
  • T.I.P.S. (Tricks, Ideas, Patter & Suggestions) (1959)
  • What's New with Ken Allen? (1981)

References

  1. Liking Ring, July 1955
  2. The Linking Ring, February 2002, page 34
  3. Sick & Convalescent I.B.M.Members, The Linking Ring, March 2007
  4. Obit, Linking Ring, October 2009
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