Tim Ellis

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Tim Ellis
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Born (1963-05-08) May 8, 1963 (age 51)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Magician, illusionist, publisher, Producer
Religion Christian
Website
www.magicunlimited.com

Tim Ellis is an Australian performer, author and lecturer in the world of magic and illusion.

Biography[edit]

Ellis began performing magic at the age of 9 after his grandfather gave him a magic set as a gift.[1][2][3][4] At the age of 14 he was the youngest magician ever admitted to The Magic Circle of Victoria and two years later won four out of their five annual awards. In 1980 he won the title 'Best Under 18 Magician of Australia'.[5]

In 1986 he created and produced 'National Magic Week',[6] a ten day festival of the magical arts which was presented annually for the next nine years.

Ellis produced and edited 'Australian Magic Monthly',[7][8] a national publication for magicians which came out monthly for 100 issues, while writing a regular column on the Australian magic scene for the international Genii.[9]

Ellis created 'MagicSports'[10][11] a form of improvised magic games based on Keith Johnstone's 'Theatre Sports'.

In 1992 he bought Australia's oldest magic shop, 'Bernard's' [12][13] which he owned for several years.

In 1994 he was awarded second place in 'Micro Magic' at the FISM World Magic Championship in Yokohama, Japan.[14] This followed the 'Special Prize of the Jury' he was awarded at the 1991 FISM in Lausanne, Switzerland for his 'Six Card Rap'.[15][16]

Ellis was married to Sue-Anne Webster from 1998 to 2011.[17] Ellis performed as a guest artist at the FISM World Championship of Magic, performing in the Close Up Gala in 2000 and the Stage Gala in 2003.[18] In 2001 Ellis and Webster were voted 'Most Valuable Performers' by their peers at the close up magic convention 'Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic' in Batavia, New York.[19]

Ellis sat on the jury at the FISM World Championship of Magic in 2003 at Den Haag, in 2006 at Stockholm, and 2009 in Beijing.[20] In 2004 Ellis and Webster produced three magic teaching DVDs,[21][22][23] and together with a team of Melbourne magicians they set a new Guinness World Record for the world's longest magic show by performing non-stop for 75 hours at Luna Park, Melbourne, Australia.[24][25] The previous record was 24 hours.[26] In the same year Ellis produced the 29th Australian Convention of Magicians.[27]

In 2007 Ellis was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.[28]

After the 2007 show Poker in the Face,[29][30] Ellis presented two shows for the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Illusionarium with Ellis & Webster[31] and Something About Needles & Razorblades. Later that year he performed The Wizards of Aus[32] at The Melbourne Magic Festival. The 2009 Festival saw his new shows AspyCadabra, and Ellis in Wonderland performed with Sue-Anne Webster. The 2010 Festival saw two new shows Escape From Reality and Illusionarium 2010 and in 2011 they premiered Once Upon A Time...

He has performed on television programs including Midday, Good Morning Australia, The Daryl Somers Show, Young Talent Time, Hey Hey It's Saturday, Sunrise, and The Today Show. He also appears in Nadia Tass's feature film Matching Jack (2010).[33]

Ellis works in the Australian corporate entertainment field.

Awards & Honours[edit]

  • Nominated Lecturers of the Year (with Sue-Anne Webster) - The Magic Castle, Hollywood (2005)
  • Guinness World Record (with team of Melbourne magicians) - World's Longest Magic Show, 75 hours (2004)
  • Most Valuable Participants (with Sue-Anne Webster) - Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic, New York (2001)
  • Second Place, Close Up Magic - FISM World Magic Championships - Yokohama, Japan (1994)
  • Special Prize of the Jury - FISM World Magic Championships - Lausanne, Switzerland (1991)
  • Best Stage Magic in Australia - National Australian Magic Convention (1990)
  • Best Trick - National Australian Magic Convention (1986 & 1990)
  • Best Close Up Magician in Australia - National Australian Magic Convention (1986)
  • Best Close Up Magician - Ballarat, Newcastle, and Adelaide Magic Conventions (1989)
  • Best Card Magician - Adelaide Magic Conventions (1989)
  • Teenage Champion Magician of Australia - National Australian Magic Convention (1980)
  • Harmony Trophy - Magic Circle of Victoria (1978, 1979)
  • Ron Kreyt's Shield for Close Up Magic - Magic Circle of Victoria (1979)
  • Improver's Trophy - Magic Circle of Victoria (1979)
  • Librarian's Trophy - Magic Circle of Victoria (1979)

Published works[edit]

  • Australian Magic Monthly - Monthly National Magazine, Editor and publisher (1989–1998)
  • The Magic Circular - Monthly publication of 'The Magic Circle of Victoria', Editor (from 1992)
  • The Secret Diary of Tim Ellis - Lecture Notes (1992)
  • AMM 2000 - Monthly National Magazine, Co Editor with Sue-Anne Webster (2000)
  • Ellis in Wonderland - Lecture Notes (2000)
  • 24 Years of Living Next Door to Ellis (2001)
  • Runaround Sue - Lecture Notes (2001)
  • The Tim Card Poker Deal (2005)[34]
  • Timeless Magic - Hardcover Book (2011)

Videos & DVDs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walter, Denis (3 June 2009). "Radio interview with Denis Walter on 3AW". Radio 3AW (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  2. ^ Adams, Dave (25 May 2008). "A 'Magical' Life: Behind the Curtain with Illusionists Tim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster". Sight Magazine (Ocean Grove Baptist Church). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  3. ^ DeMerry, Jean (2006). Dictionnaire de la Prestidigitation. Paris: Editions Georges Proust. ISBN 2-913505-22-8. 
  4. ^ Unwin, Mat (September 2007). "Tim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster in their words". Magic Magazine pp. 46-51 (Las Vegas: Stan Allen). 
  5. ^ McCullagh, Brian (2007). Deception Downunder: A Look at Magic in Australia. Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Society of Magicians p. 46. "He attended his first magic convention in 1978 (at fifteen years of age) and two years later won the Teenage Magic Competition at the National Convention.". 
  6. ^ McCullagh, Brian (2007). Deception Downunder: A Look at Magic in Australia. Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Society of Magicians p.48. "Another extremely valuable contribution to Australian Magic that can be attributed to Tim is "Magic Week", which was founded in 1986, went national in 1991 and ended in 1994.". 
  7. ^ McCullagh, Brian (2007). Deception Downunder: A Look at Magic in Australia. Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Society of Magicians p. 46. "From October 1989 to January 1998 Tim edited, published and sold 'Australian Magic Monthly', which was just that.". 
  8. ^ Deutch, Richard (1993). The Australian Magician's Handbook. Sydney, Australia: Hodder and Stoughton p. 292. "Ellis is also the editor of 'The Australian Magic Monthly', a very professional publication.". ISBN 0-340-58456-4. 
  9. ^ McCullagh, Brian (2007). Deception Downunder: A Look at Magic in Australia. Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Society of Magicians p. 46. "This resulted in his regular Genii column "Dateline Downunder",". 
  10. ^ Sturk, John (6 June 2008). "Magic + Theater". 'Fun Inc.' (Fun Inc.). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  11. ^ Fitt, Tom (December 1992). "Magicsports". Magic Magazine pp 28-30 (Las Vegas: Stan Allen). 
  12. ^ DeMerry, Jean (2006). Dictionnaire de la Prestidigitation. Paris: Editions Georges Proust. ISBN 2-913505-22-8. 
  13. ^ Deutch, Richard (1993). The Australian Magician's Handbook. Sydney, Australia: Hodder and Stoughton p. 292. "Ellis, Tim. Internationally known magician/illusionist, owner of Bernard's Magic Shop.". ISBN 0-340-58456-4. 
  14. ^ "FISM Magic World Championship Results 1991-1997". Championship Results (The Official FISM Website). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  15. ^ Johnson, Michael E (12 November 2009). "Who’s Who Among Magicians". Magic Biography and Magicians (MagicBiography.com). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  16. ^ DeMerry, Jean (2006). Dictionnaire de la Prestidigitation. Paris: Editions Georges Proust. ISBN 2-913505-22-8. 
  17. ^ Linnell, Garry (2002). The Two Of Us. Melbourne, Australia: Penguin Books "The Melbourne-based couple married in 1998 and now perform together around the world, as well as making appearances on the corporate dinner circuit.". ISBN 0-14-300069-1. 
  18. ^ Whaley, Barton (2009). "Who's Who in Magic". E Book (Lybrary.com). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  19. ^ O’Brien, Obie. "Lou Gallo MVP Award Winners". Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic (FFFF). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  20. ^ Vickers, Dodd (9 August 2009). "MNW #128 Tim Ellis". Podcast Interview (The Magic Newswire. The original magic news and information portal on the internet Est 1994). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  21. ^ Kawamoto, Wayne (9 August 2009). "24 Years of Living Next Door To Ellis". DVD Review (About.com Magic and Illusion). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  22. ^ Quinlan, Tim (25 September 2004). "Ellis in Wonderland". DVD Review (Inside Magic). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  23. ^ ., Shane (25 September 2004). "Runaround Sue". DVD Review (Online Visions). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  24. ^ AAP, . (5 April 2004). "’Magicians Conjure Record Attempt’". The Age (Fairfax Digital Media). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  25. ^ Quinlan, Tim (28 March 2005). "Longest Magic Show Honor Belongs In Melbourne". Inside Magic: Magic News Updated Daily For The Professional Magician (Inside Magic). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  26. ^ Kavitha, S S (19 May 2007). "Casting A Magic Spell". Hindu On The Net (The Hindu). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  27. ^ Morton, Nick (August 2004). "’Conventioneering’". ’Magic Makers’ The Official Newsletter of The Australian Society of Magicians pp 8-10 (The Australian Society of Magicians). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  28. ^ Unwin, Mat (September 2007). "Tim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster in their words". Magic Magazine pp. 46-51 (Las Vegas: Stan Allen). 
  29. ^ Razer, Helen (17 April 2007). "Poker In The Face". Arts Review (The Age). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  30. ^ Johnson, Nicholas (12 April 2007). "Poker In The Face". Readers Reviews (The Age). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  31. ^ Crowley, Caitlin (26 March 2008). "TIllusionarium starring Ellis and Webster". Theatre Review (The Groggy Squirrel). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  32. ^ Davidson, Erin (23 September 2008). "The Wizards of Aus". Theatre Review (The Groggy Squirrel). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  33. ^ "Tim Ellis (VI)". Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  34. ^ Kawamoto, Wayne. "Magic Review". The Tim Card Poker Deal by Tim Ellis (About.com Magic and Illusion). Retrieved 2009-12-07. 

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