Don Alan's Rubber Circus
Alan, Don
Ireland Magic Co. (1966)
In Collection
Balloon sculpture
Alan, Don: Rubber Circus
©1958 Magic, Inc., Chicago, IL
Softcover, saddle-stitched, 5.5x8.5", 15 pages

Second Printing 1961
Third Printing 1966
Fourth Printing 1969
Fifth Printing 1977
Sixth Printing 1978
Seventh Printing 1980

Comments: Illustrated by Gene Gloye. These are not the most detailed descriptions, but if you've worked a bit with balloons it should be enough, and there are good bits of business and tips included.

Contents (from book):

2 Introduction
3 Making Short Lengths: basic moves
4 Making Tails
5 Dachshund
5 Using Colors
6 Creation of a Swan
7 Reindeer, Airplane, Giraffe
8 Hat Comedy
9 Monster, Sitting Monkey, Baby Doll, Rabbit
10 Candy Apple
11 Rocket Balloons
11 Bits of Business: Whale, running gag, static electricity, etc.
13 What To Do With Your Balloon Act: tips on gigs and performance
14 Magic Balloon - Pincushion: secret not provided
14 Magic Balloon - Spiker: secret not provided
15 Bits of Balloons (Jay Marshall): some balloon anecdotes and ideas
Product Details
Dewey 793.8
No. of Pages 16
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf A
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Alan, Don
(1926 -1999 )
Born Don Alan Mcwethy. Many magicians refer to him as the "father of modern close-up magic." He did not invent the form, but popularized it through his many TV presentations. Alan had his own television show, “Don Alan's Magic Ranch”, which aired from 1961 to 1962. It lasted thirteen episodes and had guest appearances by many of the professional magicians of the time. Figures such as Al Flosso, Richard Himber, Neil Foster, Karrell Fox, Jay Marshall, Jack Gwynne, Johnny Platt, Clarke Crandall, George and Betty Johnstone, Jimmy Reneaux, Sam Berman, Chan and Ralph Pierce, and Vic Torsbergall appeared on his show. Don took an invention of Chop Chop (Al Wheatley) called the Chop Cup, cut it down in size, and that version is now known as the Don Alan Chop Cup. He performed it on the Ed Sullivan show and suddenly magicians everywhere wanted the cut-down Don Alan version of the Chop Cut.
Wrote: Pretty Sneaky (1956), Don Alan's Professional Presentation of the Chop Cup ,Close-Up Time
Media: Don Alan DVD (Volume 28 - Greater Magic Series), Magic Ranch Video Tapes (13 episodes from 1961)