Chad Allen Featured in the New Documentary DEALT

July 22nd, 2014

I’m very excited to be featured in the upcoming documentary DEALT about Richard Turner. Richard has been a generous mentor. To learn more check it out here:

http://tinyurl.com/q3r2rlw

Chad Allen Magic Shaka Presentation March 2, 2013

March 5th, 2013

My name is Chad Allen and I am a magician. Magician means that I make the impossible possible for all to witness. But, I am blind.

How can a blind person do magic? I get this all the time from folks. If you think about it, the question is sort of silly. If magic is doing the impossible, what does it matter if I can’t see?

These kinds of questions are merely through the perspective of folks with limited vision. Not visual acuity but through the vision of the minds eye. Their internal view of the world is blocked by the obstacles they find impossible to overcome. They may have the intention of overcoming something but their beliefs limit their ability. An example is the treadmill. Purchasing a product that will help someone become physically fit is the easy part. All we need to do is put it on the credit card and it will be shipped to us in days. But, having a treadmill in the house does not make us healthy. It’s funny, we live in a society with people movers in airports and escalators in the malls while at the same time our treadmills are used as clothing racks at home, right?

I was born sighted but was later diagnosed with RP in high school. It began as only night blindness and later evolved to not being able to read a book or cross a street alone. These were the darkest days of my life; even though I had better vision than I do now.

I was 25 years old and I stayed in my apartment watching CNN from the moment I woke up until I went to sleep. Loneliness and solitude get very tiresome after a while. Eventually, my mind began to think about other blind people in the world. I said to myself, “there must be another blind person somewhere in the world that is living his or her life better than me. If I could just talk to that person and ask them a few questions, I might be able to figure out my situation. I’m too young to live like this forever.”

When I began my search I found an organization of 50,000 strong and growing. It was called the National Federation of the Blind. They had a training center in Colorado where the teachers themselves were blind. I began to attend, and we learned the tools and techniques that blind people use to succeed. I learned about the long white cane, Braille, adaptive technology, home management techniques, and most important, a philosophy of independence. These skills were by no means automatic. I needed to practice and hone my craft.

All of these new skills were essential to my success but there is one concept more important than any of the skills I acquired. It is the secret to every success story we have ever heard or read or watched on TV. This secret makes winners win, explorers discover, and takes the discriminated and makes them equal. It’s the secret to good parenting and the secret to your ability to cross that finish line on the day of your marathon. Some of you already know what it is and others are finding it along the way. But be sure no one, and I mean no one, can do without it. Of course, I’m talking about confidence.

The skills I learned as a blind person were only aids to this very important goal of achieving independence as a blind person through confidence. The entire program was based on this simple belief. I caution you not to make the same mistake as I did by thinking simple is stupid. Simple is genius at it’s best. Once I mastered this lesson of confidence, I became a new person. I embraced my blindness and my ability to live a happy and prosperous life. I learned that it was respectable to be blind and that I could achieve anything I chose to do. Saying don’t make it so but sometime in all our lives we need to be our best friends and take charge of our lives and of our actions. The year was 2001 and I graduated from that program in October. When I finished, the Colorado Center for the Blind gave me this bell recognizing my freedom as a person who is blind.

So, when you run, think about freedom. Be confident in your self and do not allow fear take control. Fear is what kept me at home and away from the world around me. I was afraid to function independently because I did not understand blindness. You are already smart, you sought help to achieve the goal of running a marathon. Go back to the moment that inspired this objective and imagine the goal as if it is already done. This exercise will fuel the confidence necessary for achieving the impossible.

Now back to the magic. I am blind and I perform magic. I dug deep into my being and decided that I wanted to choose a profession that would make me happy every moment I was doing it. It wasn’t always easy but I can truly say that magic is one of my greatest loves in this world. It is the greatest of all the performing arts and teaches us all that we are imperfect and fallible. We must make mistakes and we must fail. The more we fail the more refined the idea becomes. Once we strip through all the mistakes, we can see a well polished stone arise out of our consciousness for everyone to experience. It’s our imagination come to fruition. It is the dream to reality. It is the transformation of an idea into the material plane. For me, that’s the greatest achievement. The highest accomplishment any single person can make for themselves. It is the answer to our existence and the purpose to our being. I never tire from my search of it and I will seek it every day of my life. This is the confidence we can bring to our lives and in turn help others find it as well.

So, here we go!

Chad Allen Blind Magician

January 26th, 2011
Welcome to chadallenmagic.com!
Chad Allen is a blind, world class entertainer and speaker based in Hollywood, California. A skilled prestidigitator and orator, he has performed across the US and Europe. A long time member of the Academy of Magical Arts at the World Famous Magic Castle, Chad has cultivated talents that range from close up magic to stage manipulation and illusion. As a motivational speaker, Chad has inspired audiences at conferences for corporations, members of the U.S. Congress, Non-Profit Organizations and Educational Institutions sharing his experience and unique perspective.
Chad would be delighted to present magical entertainment or inspirational words of wisdom for your next event.

Chad Allen Magic Camp!

July 4th, 2010

The secrets of magic will be revealed during the Chad Allen Magic Camp at the Tattered Cover LoDo. From 10am–11am August 2nd–5th, attendees–ages 8 to 88–will discover the skills, history and psychology of performing magic and illusion.
Beginners will take their first steps toward performing magic and intermediate magicians will expand their versatility and knowledge. Students will learn proper presentation and misdirection for performing sleight of hand with everyday objects, cards, money, and sponge balls.
Passes are only $99 for all 4 classes and can be purchased at The Wizard’s Chest in Cherry Creek or http://shop.wizardschest.com/browse.cfm/4,5100.html
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By Popular Demand, The Magic Matinee Has Been Extended Through January!

December 14th, 2009

By popular demand, the Magic Matinee has been extended through January! Only $12 for a full hour of magic and illusion! Staurdays, 2pm at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Filled with sleight of hand, manipulation,  illusions and audience participation. A memorable way to spend the afternoon for the whole family. Tickets available at:  www.lannies.com

Hope to see you there!

Chad Allen’s Magic Matinee

A magical journey for  children and kids of all ages. A ride through the art of illusion.

The story of a magician learning how to create magic and enrich the hearts of people through art. This is a journey that every magician must take to find the key to expressing one’s ideas and enchanting the world around them.

The Magician is exciting and engaging to watch as he introduces fantastical aspects of magic through unusual objects he has on stage. His journey through magic and mystery brings him closer to his own understanding of the mystical arts until he puts all the pieces of the puzzle together and makes real magic happen!

The show is filled with continual magic, each effect a clue building to the answer he is looking for: how to create wonder in the world.

New! Magic Matinee for all ages Saturdays in November

October 24th, 2009

Only $10 for a full hour of magic and illusion! Staurdays, 2pm at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Filled with sleight of hand, manipulation,  illusions and audience participation. A memorable way to spend the afternoon for the whole family. Tickets available at:  www.lannies.com

Hope to see you there!

Chad Allen’s Magic Matinee

A magical journey for  children and kids of all ages. A ride through the art of illusion.

The story of a magician learning how to create magic and enrich the hearts of people through art. This is a journey that every magician must take to find the key to expressing one’s ideas and enchanting the world around them.

The Magician is exciting and engaging to watch as he introduces fantastical aspects of magic through unusual objects he has on stage. His journey through magic and mystery brings him closer to his own understanding of the mystical arts until he puts all the pieces of the puzzle together and makes real magic happen!

The show is filled with continual magic, each effect a clue building to the answer he is looking for: how to create wonder in the world.

New Chad Allen Magic Booking Page Launched

July 9th, 2009

I have just launched my new booking page. Please have a look and share with your friends!

http://www.chadallenmagic.com/html/booking/

Best,

Chad

Magic Underground Glowing Review in Denver Westword!

June 12th, 2009

Check out my new show’s great review in Westword! Hope to see you there!

Poof! An old-school magic show materializes at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret

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The word magic often conjures images of beleaguered bunnies, plastic wands and elegant assistants, usually half-dressed and halved in pine boxes. Even with the latest resurgence of magic in popular culture, the tendency is to discard the mysterious art’s rich history just as smug, swaggering, sleight-of-hand superstars like David Blaine and Criss Angel eschew the vintage “magician” moniker for more dashing job descriptions such as “illusionist” and “escapologist.”

Fortunately, on Friday nights in Denver, Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret (1601 Arapahoe) is keeping the golden age’s spirit alive with an impressive new show known as Magic Underground.

Denver’s first regular, consistent house-o-magic since the sixties is hosted by veteran magicians Professor Phelyx and Chad Allen. They’re joined onstage by their non-magician co-host, Vegas, who performs an uproarious parody of eyebrow-cocked narcissist David Copperfield and his hyper-dramatized vanishing acts.

Lannie’s, known for its entertaining burlesque shows and eclectic musical acts, is the perfect setting for this new production. Descending down into the intimate, Parisian-esque space, you’re transported to an earlier, red-velvety, chandeliered time — and that’s exactly the point.

I’ve seen Magic Underground three weeks in a row, including last Friday night, and every time it was different — each a unique blend of mind-blowing magic, sexy burlesque and sharp comedy. (And by sharp, I mean machete-juggling on a unicycle). Phelyx’s signature effect of literally bending stainless steel forks, spoons, keys, and coins — with his mind — is nothing short of sorcery. Chad Allen, who, to most of the audience’s shocked surprise, is actually blind, ventures even further into the impossible, with a legerdemain that’s fittingly — and flawlessly — quicker than the eye.

Smoking-hot assistants and sultry aerial acts by a gravity-defying “Midnite Martini” raise the blood pressure during this hour-plus-long homage to a mostly ignored, though undeniably cool, era. A constantly rotating cast of guest magicians and national variety acts (including the crazy cycling knife juggler) help keep it all novel and worth revisiting.

The first recorded evidence of magic dates back almost 5,000 years ago. A guy by the name of Dedi devised a little trick he used to keep King Cheops entertained. Ostensibly, he would decapitate an ox, then reattach its head and reanimate him moments later. Magic Underground doesn’t quite take you that far back in time, or decorum, but its classic vaudevillian charm seems just about as far away from the bombastic, self-indulgent offerings of the craft’s prosaic, present-day pop stars.

Magic Underground gets underway tonight at 11 p.m. Admission is $10, and there’s a full bar and menu available. Click here or phone 303-293-0075 for details.

http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2009/06/magic_at_lannies_clocktower_wo.php

New Performance Video on YouTube

May 15th, 2009

Hi Friends!

I have a new performance video on YouTube. Please follow the link to view it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e79aX3DkBXs

Let me know what you think, email me at chad@chadallenmagic.com

Thanks!

Chad

Magic Underground Show Opens

April 10th, 2009

The new Magic Underground show opens Fridays at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret in Denver. Check the Events section for performance dates and times.

Chad Allen hosts an evening where there is no television-camera-trickery to blame when you don’t believe your own, unblinking eyes! This show not only features a variety of masters of the magical arts, but offers World-Class variety acts from around the globe, and, of course, those gorgeous magician assistants!

Step right up and climb on down to this amazing, funny, sexy, and unforgettable tour of magic and witness magic miracles in the form of daring escapes, mind reading, levitation, impossible card effects, mental metal bending, watch solid objects appear and disappear, and many more unexplainable feats all right before your very eyes!