Magic

Allan Wade was raised in a family that performed together. His mother Joy Wade started making puppets as a teenager. When the Mesa Public Library opened the children's section in 1959, they asked her family to help. The Wade family put on puppet shows and the people who wanted to see the show brought a book to contribute for their admission. Every year for 20 years the family performed puppet shows to get books for the Mesa Public Library.

His mother was also a leader in the Cub Scout program of the Boy Scouts of America. She was the Den Mother for both of his older brothers before him. Each year one of the monthly themes is “Showmanship,” “Magic” or something like that. By the time she got to Allan’s group she was teaching each boy a good magic trick one-on-one. At the end of the month when each boy performed his trick, one after another, it made a great show. As her son, Allan was around when she was training each of the boys and soon was performing a whole show by himself.

He performed magic in the school talent show at Emerson Elementary School. The music teacher asked him to tour with the school's Swiss Bell Ringers. Performing magic as an intermission gave the other students a rest and gave him exposure to people that enjoys entertainment. Each show seemed to bring another show or two. So his business started to grow.

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