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Leading Australian magician.


Tim Ellis is known throughout the world as the face of Australian magic and described by the UK magazine MagicSeen as “One of the world’s hottest magicians.”

Current work

Tim’s latest project is ‘The Laneway Theatre’; an intimate 32 seat purpose-built close up magic venue in a secret location in Northcote where he debuts his latest creations.

Previous experience

He’s made over one hundred television appearances around the world including ‘Hey Hey It’s Saturday’, ‘AM Singapore’, ‘Today’, and ‘The Midday Show’ where Australian TV icon Ray Martin called him “One of the world’s great illusionists.”

In his home town of Melbourne, Australia, Tim is the President of The Australian Institute of Magic and the Artistic Director of The Melbourne Magic Festival. He has also published magic magazines, written several books, mentored young magicians, produced over sixty different shows, and owned the legendary ‘Bernard’s Magic Shop’. All of which prompted historian Brian McCullagh to say in his book ‘Deceptions Downunder’ “His contributions to magic in Australia cannot be measured.”

Teller, of Penn & Teller, said “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!”

He has won over twenty national and international awards including 'Best Stage Magician’ and ‘Best Close Up Magician’ at two Australian National Magic Conventions. When Tim won his first of two awards at the FISM World Championships of Magic, living legend David Copperfield told him “Man, you rocked the house!”

Tim was voted 'Most Valuable Participant' at the invitation-only FFFF Close Up Magic Conference in New York. He was also nominated 'Lecturer of the Year' by Hollywood's famous Magic Castle and, after a performance at Monday Night Magic in New York, his show was reviewed as “One of the most astonishing things I’ve witnessed in a long, long time.”

Every performance is filled with his trademark high-energy and plenty of audience participation. In fact, Tim and his team hold the Guinness World Record for 'The World's Longest Non-Stop Magic Show' at an amazing 85 non-stop hours.

Talking Points

Comedy and 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.

Strolling Magic

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?

Keynote Speaking

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.

Hoax Speaking

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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A well organised very enjoyable dinner dance at a high quality venue to a superb entertainment experience! Bailey Shaw Executive Recruitment
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