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Tim Ellis

Tim Ellis is Australia’s International Champion of Close Up Magic having won the Silver Medal at the FISM World Championships of Magic.

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Tim Ellis

Tim Ellis is not only the sole Australian ever 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, but also 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 spanning the centuries – along with Orson Welles, Houdini, David Copperfield and Siegfried & 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’, ‘Best Close up Magician in Australia’, and voted ‘Most Valuable Participant’ and 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… 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, released over twenty DVDs, and 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.

Magic Beyond Imagination – Tim’s Shows


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 just borrowed objects, superb sleight of hand and razor sharp wit. If you love Dynamo you’ll be blown away by Tim Ellis.

Tim Ellis is a true professional. He works the room leaving people amazed by his great skill and finesse. There were people wandering around after a meeting with him making comments such as, “How did he do that?”, “Did you SEE that?”, “I watched him so closely, and I still don’t know how he managed it.

Coles Myer


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.

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. Most importantly he did a great job of keeping everything flowing smoothly.

Laura Pressley, ID Events


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! His spectacular show goes beyond Las Vegas as audience members are invited on stage during these jaw dropping and highly interactive immaculate deceptions.

The Night of Illusion blew me away, along with everyone else there. They are incredible! I’ve never heard people raving about an act so much. I know what they did was really magic, no tricks involved. Let’s give them 200%

Australian Friendly Societies


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?

Professionalism exemplary. I was particularly impressed at the way our key messages were always incorporated in his interaction with customers.

Fiona Palmer, Gilead Sciences


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.

Ellis masterfully conjured both humour and pathos in a largely autobiographical series of defining moments leading up to the ultimate revelation. Set to a poignant soundtrack, the audience was quickly moved from tears to laughter and back again. A truly magical performance.

Julia Irwin, Leader News


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.

Tim Ellis was invited to speak at our Christmas lunch in the unlikely guise of a public servant representing the racing industry. He looked, spoke and acted the part superbly and had everyone fooled until it became obvious he couldn’t possibly be genuine! It was a very funny take-off and made for a great lunch.

Nigel Bennetton, Peninsula Country Golf Club


Whether you’re planning an Awards Night, Talent Competition, Variety Show or a Conference, Tim has hosted them all! With the 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 the entire time. 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.

How wonderful! An entertainer who is more concerned with the needs and objectives of the client than maintaining his own ‘artistic licence’. Tim’s performance and skill as an MC dovetailed perfectly with what our function was all about.”

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Hi Steve, I just wanted to thank you for your efforts re the planning for my party.

The DJ was the best choice and pls let Rob know I appreciated his patience on the night; the Como served dinner later than expected, so he needed to play dinner music for some time. Tim Ellis the magician was also excellent. A true professional, he had people amazed & laughing.

The process of planning a 50th is time consuming and something you want to get right, so I was really glad to have your input.

K. Darling