Tim Ellis is not only the sole Australian to sit on the jury at the FISM World Championships of Magic, he's considered by his peers to be one of the most creative and entertaining magicians in the world.
Known within the magic industry as 'the genius from downunder', Tim is in constant demand to perform at corporate events, and to lecture at magic conferences and seminars all over the planet.
In 2006 the highly regarded Dictionnaire de la Prestidigitation was released and Tim was one of only two living Australian magicians to be included in this world history book of magic, along with Orson Welles, Houdini, David Copperfield and Siegfried and Roy.
In the book Deceptions Downunder, magic historian Brian McCullagh said 'Tim Ellis is a commercial success, supports organized magic to the hilt and is a fervent supporter of Magic Downunder. His contributions to magic in Australia cannot be measured.'
Teller, of Penn & Teller, said 'He generously nurtures all sorts of magic and has the mind of an evil elf!'
Since being given a magic set by his grandfather when he was 10 years old, Tim has breathed new life into the ancient art with his delicious blend of comedy and hyperactive spontaneity. His uniquely interactive approach instantly bonds him to audiences of all ages and nationalities and has taken him from the Crown Casino, Melbourne, to the Riviera Casino, Las Vegas; from the Sullivan St Playhouse, Broadway, to Le Double Fond, Paris; from theatre seasons in Hong Kong, to multiple seasons at Hollywood's famous Magic Castle.
He has won more awards for his mind-blowing magic than any other Australian in history, including Best Stage Magician in Australia and Best Close up Magician in Australia. He was voted Most Valuable Participant at the FFFF Invitation Only Close-Up Magic Convention in New York. He also holds a Guinness World Record for the longest non-stop magic show ever, performing for an incredible 75 hours!
His life has been a roller-coaster ride of magical adventures. Tim has been buried alive, escaped from a wooden crate at the bottom of the Yarra River, freed himself from straitjackets hundreds of feet above city streets and driven a $100,000 sports car while blindfolded.
He has published magic magazines, produced magic conferences and seminars, consulted for film and television, run several magic schools, appeared in a variety of movies, been profiled in several books, produced a television variety series and released over twenty DVDs. He even owned and ran the iconic Bernard’s Magic Shop for several years.
Recently, Tim was diagnosed as having Asperger’s Syndrome, and he explores the positives and negatives of the condition in an autobiographical one-man show AspyCadabra, as well as working with Swinburne University on their ongoing project Aspergion.
Tim is currently the Artistic Director of the hugely successful Melbourne Magic Festival and lives in a converted broom factory in inner Melbourne with two rainbow lorikeets, Sir Spectrum Sparks and Jackie the Bandit. He plays poker in his spare time.
Client Comments for Tim Ellis
Tim Ellis travels from Victoria Australia
- "Tim Ellis was absolutely fantastic yesterday and last night. Everyone loved him and he certainly added lots of fun and laughter to the conference plenary session and awards night."
ID Events, Australia
- A well organised very enjoyable dinner dance at a high quality venue to a superb entertainment experience!
Bailey Shaw Executive Recruitment
- Man you rocked the house!
- One of the world's best illusionists.
- That is brilliant... just brilliant! Golly, I can't believe it!
- I'm delighted to count Tim Ellis among my friends. He generously nurtures all sorts of magic and has the mind of an evil elf.
Teller (of Penn & Teller)
- "Tim Ellis is a world-class entertainer with experience and creativity that are second-to-none. I brought Tim to New Zealand and his lecture and performances were a smash hit."
Mick Peck - Auckland, New Zealand
- "An absolute hot favourite with our group!"
- "Excellent… Feedback has been excellent from both staff & clients."
ANZ Investment Bank
- "I could have watched your tricks for hours… even days! "
New Zealand Law Society
- "Tim performed some astounding card tricks. Sublimely, totally dumbfounding."
Graeme Johnstone, Herald-Sun
- "The staff and management were absolutely amazed by your incredible magic and remarked how you just blended with the crowd. We thank you for entertaining us with your amazing talent."
- Comedy and Magic Shows
- Grand Illusion Shows
- Strolling Magic
- Custom Designed Magic
- Keynote Speaking
- Hoax Speaking
- MC and Conference Host
Topic SynopsesComedy Magic Shows
Designed for groups from 50 to 500, this show is so versatile it can be presented entirely out of Tim's pockets on the smallest of stages, or with larger props in a fully equipped hotel ballroom. Tim's magic is highly original and every show is different. The comedy comes from the many audience members Tim invites up on stage, who always end up looking like the stars of the show.
Grand Illusion Shows
Have you ever seen a beautiful woman levitate? Floating on air without wires, camera tricks and wearing nothing but a designer gown and high heels? Tim performs this and many more Grand Illusions, making people appear, vanish and transform while completely surrounded! Audience members are invited on stage during these jaw dropping and highly interactive immaculate deceptions.
After winning the Silver Medal in Close Up Magic at the World Championships Tim was invited to represent Australia on the Jury. Tim will mingle with your guests over dinner or drinks and deliver world class entertainment as he creates memories that will last a lifetime with borrowed objects, superb sleight of hand and razor sharp wit. If you love Dynamo you’ll be blown away by Tim Ellis.
Custom Designed Magic
Many organisations want to dazzle their clients with something never seen before. Tim Ellis has custom designed magic effects and entire shows for hundreds of companies over the last 30 years. For Stihl he used their chainsaw as he was sawn in half. For Flybuys he made their new logo appear from a flash of fire. For the Victorian Racing Club he made The Melbourne Cup appear. For Vodaphone he demonstrated the seven key features of their new phone with seven amazing effects. What can he do for you?
Tim Ellis has been performing magic for over 40 years and has checked almost every box on his bucket list. He is a student of magic as well as one of its foremost teachers as he presents dozens of lectures all over the world every year. Take a peek BEHIND THE CURTAIN as Tim shares with you the real secrets of magic. Using some of his most stunning effects, Tim illustrates the defining moments that took place in his life that elevated his magic to a level beyond imagination and resulted in multiple international awards. A combination of comedy, magic, audience interaction and profound observations, this is a magically memorable keynote presentation.
Tim Ellis has attended events in character for the Department of Treasury, Accenture, and even as the keynote speaker at the Fundraising Industry Awards. He mingles with the guests over dinner, swapping stories, talking shops, convincing them that he is who he claims he is. After sharing a meal he steps up on stage and begins his presentation. The slightly off-centre nature of his talk keeps everyone on edge and it's not until he pulls a full can of drink from his shoe that they realise this is no ordinary speaker. After the show it's revealed who Tim is and the applause is loud and strong, not just for the show, but also for the amazing illusion Tim has created for the entire evening.
MC and Conference Host
Whether you're planning an awards night, talent competition, variety show or a conference, Tim has hosted them all! With an emphasis on getting the client's message across, Tim uses comedy, magic and hilarious audience participation to keep every person in the audience spellbound and on the edge of their seats. Tim can host your next conference, panel session or show with style, adding just the right amount of comedy, craziness, sophistication or simply creating a total party atmosphere. He also has tricks, toasts and interactive games to get everyone involved and energised.
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