Comedy Hypnotist & Magician Alan Sands
Raised in the Catskill Mountain resorts in upstate New York, Alan Sands began traveling with his father, George Sands (magician and creator of 17 books on magic, balloon sculpture and puppetry) when he was only three years old. “People ask how long I’ve been performing? Since before I was born!” says Sands. “My father was a professional entertainer. He never had a real job, either.”
Alan first appeared on stage when he was three, assisting his father. By 6 years old, Sands was entertaining his own audiences. He won his first talent contest at age the age of 12, and he began performing professionally at 17. While attending high school, Alan began honing his skills as a hypnotist at parties.
Making a Career of It Alan worked his way through college, doing balloons and performing comedy magic at Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39 in San Francisco. There he polished his act and perfected his talent at making an audience feel comfortable with him from the moment he walks on stage. “It’s a specific talent and hard to describe”, says Sands, “but accomplished street performers understand that when you begin your show, you must make your audience love you so they want to stay until the end.” (And then they give you money!). This talent of making people feel like they are in his living room or at a backyard gathering is unique to Alan’s performances, and what makes clients want him back year after year.
After taking his clinical hypnosis training in 1997, he became a Certified Stage Hypnotist in 1998. Alan has performed at over 220 county, state and agriculture fairs, exhibitions and festivals. He has entertained at a hundred colleges, a dozen casinos, multiple extended runs at amusement parks, about 750 company picnics, and dozens of comedy clubs, theaters, conventions, and cruise ships, as well as over 300 high school shows for grad nights and post prom parties.
Alan Sands Entertainment
In addition to traveling all over the country and the world, Alan supports a roster of talented performers through his talent agency, Alan Sands Entertainment. Alan books performers all over the country, and even has a roster of Canada’s Cream de la Creme performers, The Tesseract Troupe. Alan’s latest endeavor is to create a mentoring process for up-and-coming hypnotists. Alan will be bringing 2 such aspiring hypnotists on tour with him the fall of 2013, using his experience and expertise to guide the young performers on the road to their own success.