|Born||Ken W. Allen|
April 18, 1928
|Died||May 20, 2009 (age 81) |
Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania
|Flourished||1950s - 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.
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.
He edited Allen's Attic 1954-62 (24 issues).
- Do-It-Yourself Lecture # 1 (1957)
- T.I.P.S. (Tricks, Ideas, Patter & Suggestions) (1959)
- What's New with Ken Allen? (1981)