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Timothy Hyde

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Timothy Hyde
Corporate MC, Magician & Writer

Timothy Hyde is an Australian-based magician, born in New Zealand.[1][2]


Timothy was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1955. While training as a primary school teacher at Wellington Teachers College (1974–1976), he also appeared in numerous productions at Wellington's Unity Theatre, Downstage Theatre and helped establish the Wellington Children's Theatre Co-op.[3] After two years teaching he began a full-time career as a performer, joining the experimental Chameleon Theatre Group, later known as Chameleon Circus. They toured extensively throughout New Zealand with support from the Department of Internal Affairs, appearing at universities, prisons and arts festivals.[4]

Timothy moved to Sydney in 1980, where he undertook busking for three years,[5] before establishing himself as a regular at Sydney's Comedy Store[6] and building a career in both family and corporate entertainment together with his wife Lynda.[7] His family entertainment credits include being the first magician to sign a long term contract as resident illusionists at the largest theme park in the Southern Hemisphere – Australia's Wonderland. He also performed seasons for Warner Brothers and at Sega World Sydney. In 1992 and 1993 he produced the entertainment program at the Sydney Royal Easter Show's prestigious Colgate Stage.

Timothy was often a support act for international acts visiting Australia and toured extensively with James Taylor, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Nolans, Demis Roussos, Gloria Loring, Johnnie Ray and with locals Marcia Hines, Rodney Rude, Col Elliot and Joe Perrone.

He has appeared on the cover of many leading industry journals including Australian Magic Monthly,[8] Genii Journal[9] & Magicana[10] magazines.

In 1999 he set up the MagicCoach project, coaching other magicians worldwide and publishing both books and online newsletters. This newsletter was one of the first regular online magic marketing newsletters,[11] with guest contributors including – Mac King, James Randi and Billy McComb[12] and a subscriber base of over 2000. He has a number of publications for performers.[13]

Since 2000 he has worked mainly in the corporate area, both as an entertainer, speaker[14] and Master of Ceremonies.[15][16] In 2006, he was awarded the Walter Dickman Award[17][18] by the National Speakers Association of Australia for services to the speaking industry and the community. He has been engaged by the National Speakers Association of Australia to be Master of Ceremonies at their own convention from 2003 – 2009.[19] and at the NSA (USA) convention. His blending of magic and being an MC has taken him around the world, presenting in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, South Africa, Cambodia, USA and Hong Kong.[20]

In 2011 he set up an online training business and YouTube channel ExpertMC.com for people wanting to become better MC's or to create a business around the skill.[21][22]

He has also appeared as a headline entertainer on luxury cruise ships. Appearances included Cunard's Queen Mary 2, Crystal Symphony, Silversea Cruises's Cloud & Shadow, and multiple contracts on Princess, P&O Australia & P&O UK. He retired from cruise ship performance in 2018 to concentrate on managing his wife's art career.[23]


  1. ^ McCullagh, Brian (2007). Deception Downunder: A Look at Magic in Australia. Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Society of Magicians pp. 54–55.
  2. ^ Please provide your name. "Timothy Hyde". Ovations. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  3. ^ Reilly, Jim – Magicana, (1995 Aug/Sep) pp.12–13 " one of the busiest professional magic acts in Sydney "
  4. ^ McCormick, Gary (1979). Performance – A Guide to the Performing Arts in New Zealand , Queen Elizabeth 2 Arts Council of New Zealand & Department of Internal Affairs " a Wellington group of actors who did a lot of work in streets and parks during the Wellington Summer programme and were assisted by the Department of Internal Affairs."
  5. ^ "Busker HoF 11 – Timothy Hyde Stories | STORIES FROM THE PITCH". Buskerhalloffame.com. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  6. ^ Gechtman, Neal , The History of Sydney's Original Comedy Store, Dinadan 1997 ISBN 0646344234
  7. ^ "Magic Coach Newsletter Books Promotion Illusion Publicity Tricks". Magiccoach.com. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  8. ^ Australian Magic Monthly – March 2000
  9. ^ Geniis Magic Journal – Volume 5 Number 2 (February 1994)
  10. ^ Magicana Magazine – August/September 1995 "one of the busiest professional magic acts in Sydney"
  11. ^ McCullagh, Brian (2007). Deception Downunder: A Look at Magic in Australia. Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Society of Magicians pp. 54–55. "the internet's first regular Magic marketing newsletter."
  12. ^ "Magic Times Press Wire - Release August 6, 2002". www.magictimes.com. Archived from the original on 14 May 2006.
  13. ^ McCullagh, Brian (2001). Under the Southern Cross, Magic Heritage Publication
  14. ^ "Find a Speaker - National Speakers Association of Australia". directory.espeakers.com. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013.
  15. ^ "Timothy Hyde". Celebrity Speakers. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Who are the Best Conference MCs in Australia?". David Staughton. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  17. ^ McCullagh, Brian (2007). Deception Downunder: A Look at Magic in Australia. Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Society of Magicians pp. 54–55. "presented to him in 2006 by the National Speakers Association of Australia for outstanding service to the Association and the community."
  18. ^ "Timothy Hyde Corporate Creative Thinking Expert". Timothyhyde.com. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  19. ^ "Guest Speakers in Melbourne, Brisbane & Perth :: Successful Speakers".
  20. ^ http://www.linkedin.com/in/timothyhyde [self-published source]
  21. ^ "ExpertMC – Helping you become a better MC". Expertmc.com. Retrieved 15 July 2023.
  22. ^ "Timothy Hyde - YouTube". YouTube.
  23. ^ "Lynda Hyde Art". Lynda Hyde Art. Retrieved 15 July 2023.

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