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Don Alan

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Don Alan
BornDonald Alan McWethy
February 22, 1926
DiedApril 15, 1999 (age 73)
Resting placeLakeside Cemetery in Colon, Michigan.
CategoriesBooks by Don Alan

Don Alan (February 22, 1926 - April 15, 1999), born Donald Alan McWethy was a pioneer in close-up magic on television.


Alan appeared on his own daytime TV show called Magic. Then worked as "Sir Dono" on Princess Mary Hartline's Magic Castle morning show. Alan also appeared on other television shows including The Ed Sullivan Show, Playboy After Dark, The Tonight Show, Mike Douglas, Dick Cavett and Garry Moore.

In the 1960s, he hosted his own TV show, Don Alan's Magic Ranch.

He is best known for his presentations of the Chop Cup, Invisible Deck, Rising Cards, Benson Bowl and his many kicker endings that he liked to use.[1]




  • In a Class by Himself: the Legacy of Don Alan by Jon Racherbaumer, published by L&L, 2000
  • Don Alan's Devano Card Rise, Special Edition in the Ron Bauer Private Studies Series (1999)
  • The Complete Don Alan’s Chop Cup, Special Edition in the Ron Bauer Private Studies Series (2005)
  • Don Alan's Sneaky Nudist Rides Again, No. 24 in the Ron Bauer Private Studies Series (not yet released)



  1. Brief Biography