|Alan Sands Background-Bio|
Alan Sands Background-Bio
Comedian Alan Sands Carries on a Family
Tradition of Entertainment
Hi. I’m Jessica. I’m going to be an Emmy Award Winning actress some day. It’s kind of inevitable; it runs in my family. My great-grandfather was a magician, and my grandfather was George Sands, a famous magician and writer of books on magic. He did balloon sculpture, a puppet show, and hypnosis. My grandmother was a ventriloquist, and my aunt Robin with All Star Showgrams, is now the most popular singing telegram performer in the San Francisco Bay Area!I have one cousin on Broadway, and another is a writer/producer who flies back and forth from Hollywood to New York City all the time.
And then there's my dad, Alan Sands, who this website is about. He does a comedy hypnosis show and a really funny prop comedy magic act. His magic took him all over the world—but he wanted to be even funnier, so now he does this whacky hypnosis show! Dad prefers doing comedy hypnosis because he draws really huge audiences, and he has a following of people who come to see him at the events he does year after year.
Anyway, enough about my dad; he always gets the attention! And besides, he says if he can’t stay on top, he’ll be my manager (and he's a really good manager; did I mention he also has a talent agency?). S o please don't book him! Keep your eyes on me, because I’m going to be a big star someday. It’s in my blood!
Comedy Hypnotist & Magician Alan Sands – Personal Background
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 job, either.” And for the most part, that is true.
Alan first appeared on stage when he was three, assisting his father with many of the routines he does in his own comedy magic show, performed around the world for over 25 years. Sands started entertaining seriously at the age of six, practicing magic with coins and cards. 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
Later, in San Francisco, California Alan worked his way through college, doing balloons and performing magic and comedy at Fisherman’s Wharf. 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 give you money!). This talent of making people feel like they are in his living room or at a back yard gathering is unique to Alan’s performances, and what makes clients want him back year after year.
Alan Sands graduated from the streets in 1986, and after taking his clinical hypnosis training in 1997, he became a Certified Stage Hypnotist in 1998. Alan has performed at over 200 county, state and agricultural fairs, exhibitions and festivals. He has entertained at fifty colleges, a dozen casinos, and multiple extended runs at amusement parks, about 500 company picnics, and dozens of comedy clubs, theaters, conventions, and cruise ships, as well as 25 to 30 high school shows, which he does annually.