Superstition Bash – Maniac of Magic

During the summer, planning for the Superstition Bash has continued. I’m happy to announce that the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers have pledged $200 for the event and we have another $50 from an individual donor. This is a great start! I’m still pursuing other sponsors, please let me know if you can suggest any! We have reserved the atrium of the uniquely decorated Molecular Biology building, and lecture hall 1414 (assuming that there are no exams in 1414 on Friday 13 November at 6pm). At the first meeting of the Fall semester (27 August at 7pm in the Gold Room of the MU), we’ll choose a date for the first planning meeting. Finally, our speaker has been selected: Nathan Allen, the Maniac of Magic.

Nathan is a magician and comedian who claims as his muses such diverse persons as Penn Jilette, George Carlin, and Criss Angel. In his shows, he pokes fun at mysticism and spiritualism, which makes him perfect for our event! From Nathan’s official bio:

Part magician, part comedian, and totally dysfunctional, Nathan Allen performs a highly-caffeinated blend of magic and comedy!

Yes, Nathan Allen is a magician, but don’t be fooled – you will see NO rabbit, 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 was the only magician featured in “The Grassroots Comedy Tour” and in “The Super Bowl of Stand-Up.” 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. And yet, in a typical example of his priorities, he insists that he is most proud of being elected Class Clown.

Nathan’s on our mailing list, and had this to say in response to the recent email about IAF’s bus ads:

Hello all,

As a fellow Iowan non-believer, I just wanted to let you know that, just a few minutes ago, I called in and chatted with the local 98.3 FM radio talk-show host Bradshaw on the air.

During the course of the conversation, I gave my name and occupation (magician), and openly “came out” as an atheist to all the listeners of 98.3.

I expressed how “disturbed” I was that our governor was “disturbed” by the atheist bus signs, and mentioned that I felt “guilty” (tongue in cheek) because I was one of the entertainers onstage at Gov. Culver’s Inaugural Gala.

I may have just committed career suicide, and I wanted you to know.


All the best,



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