With a degree in Advertising/PR and an emphasis in broadcasting from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS, Chris started out working in TV and radio. At 15, he started performing magic professionally. By 17, he was designing and building illusions and selling them to magicians across the country.
Chris also started performing standup comedy at 17. He became a member of The Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, while filming a video for one of his live programs (Mysteries of the Human Body). Today, he combines his background in broadcasting, performance, education, entertainment and museums to create unique, educational programming that’s both intriguing and entertaining.
As Director of Education and Programs for Old Cowtown Museum, in Wichita, KS, he combined storytelling and hands-on experiences for a unique approach at teaching the history of the Old West and Southern Plains. He was one of the original staff members of Exploration Place, Inc., in Wichita, as the Presentations and Special Programs Coordinator in the Department of Interdisciplinary Programs and Exhibits. His main responsibility at this state-of-the-art science center and children's museum was creating the image and design of the live, educational programs for the Kemper Presentation Theater. Along with creating, writing, producing, directing and performing in the Kemper Presentation Theater shows, Chris also created special programs and activities throughout Exploration Place and provided creative input for new programs and exhibits. Prior to Exploration Place, Chris was in charge of the educational programming for the Children’s Museum in Wichita.
In the last several years, balloon twisting has taken on an even greater role in Chris’ presentations. If you can name it, Chris can probably make it out of balloons! His “twisted” sense of humor, combined with his twisted magic and balloons makes quite an impression for all kinds of events.
Chris is able to take the unusual and turn it into a hands-on presentation. He strives to touch peoples’ lives by encouraging creative and innovative thinking through fun and entertainment. If you have a subject you’d like to see turned into a program, contact Chris to make it happen.
For more than twenty five years, Alan Edstrom has developed and produced programs and events for some of the most innovative companies across the United States ranging from Nickelodeon and Norwegian Cruise Lines, to the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York, and the Staten Island Children’s Museum, as well as the $62 million Science Center and Children’s Museum Exploration Place.His expertise in the creative end is matched by his “rubber meets the road” skills with for profit as well as non-profit companies in marketing and public relations, fund raising, event management, and sponsorship development that put him in a rare class where he is able to understand how an idea goes from spark to stage and beyond. Capping off these skills, Alan has also been the touchstone to the communications for the success of these companies, developing short and long term strategies, strengthened by his work as a performer, writer and columnist for numerous news organizations and publications, and is a professional magician and a member of the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Currently, Alan serves as the Events and Sponsorship Manager for Saratoga Polo Association, working with companies ranging from Chrysler, U.S. POLO ASSN., Veuve Clicquot, and Alex and Ani, coordinating the marketing and events for at one of the oldest professional polo clubs in the United States.
Alan has also been the featured performer in commercials, and most recently as Grover Parks in the PBS film "William Kennedy's Prohibition Story".