Tim Ellis

Tim Ellis

Infobox Celebrity
name = Tim Ellis


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birth_date = birth date and age|1963|5|8
birth_place = Melbourne, Australia
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occupation = magician, illusionist, publisher, Producer
religion = Christian
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spouse = Sue-Anne Webster
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website = [http://www.magicunlimited.com www.magicunlimited.com]
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Tim Ellis is an Australian performer, author and lecturer in the world of magic and illusion.

Biography

Ellis began performing magic at the age of 10 after his grandfather gave him a magic set as a gift [ [http://www.australianmagician.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=374:magicintheirwords&catid=49:ewpress&Itemid=121] Magic Magazine article, published September 2007] . 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 'Teenage Champion Magician of Australia' [ [http://www.australianmagician.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78&Itemid=101] 'www.MagicUnlimited.com' "Tim Ellis History"] .

In 1986 he created and produced 'National Magic Week' [ [http://www.australianmagician.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=258:mweek&catid=40:archive&Itemid=147] 'www.MagicUnlimited.com' "National Magic Week"] , a ten day festival of the magical arts which was presented annually for the next nine years.

Ellis produced and edited 'Australian Magic Monthly' [ [http://www.australianmagician.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=412:amm&catid=40:archive&Itemid=147] 'www.MagicUnlimited.com' "Australian Magic Monthly"] , a national publication for magicians which came out monthly for 100 issues. He also wrote regular columns for Genii Magazine and contributed to other publications, including Magic Magazine, Aladin & Innovator, and Revue de la Prestidigitation.

Ellis created 'MagicSports' [ [http://www.magicunlimited.com/Pubmagicsports.htm] 'www.MagicUnlimited.com' "MagicSports History & Rules"] (profiled in Magic Magazine, December 1992) a form of improvised magic games based on Keith Johnstone's 'Theatre Sports'. He also won 'Special Prize of the Jury' at the 1991 FISM World Championship in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In 1992 he purchased Australia's oldest magic shop, 'Bernard's' [ [http://www.australianmagician.com/index.php?view=article&catid=49%3Aewpress&id=392%3Aheide2007&option=com_content&Itemid=121] 'Heidelberg Leader' "Proper Job is Bag Full of Tricks" by Julia Kennard] , which he owned for five years. In 1994 he won second prize in 'Micro Magic' at the FISM World Magic Championship in Yokohama, Japan. [ [http://www.fism.org/Results5.htm] 'FISM Magic World Championships Results 1991-1997']

Ellis met Sue-Anne Webster at a magic convention in Sydney in 1997, and within a year they were married. Ellis performed as a guest artist at the FISM World Championship of Magic, performing in the Close Up Gala with artists including David Williamson, Eugene Burger and Paul Gertner. 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. [ [http://www.ffffmagic.com/] 'FFFF Lou Gallo MVP Award Winners']

Ellis sat on the jury at the FISM World Championship of Magic in 2003 at Den Haag, and a year later Ellis and Webster produced three magic teaching DVDs [ [http://magic.about.com/od/magicreview/fr/elliswonder.htm] About.com "Ellis in Wonderland" DVD review by Wayne Kawamoto, Five Stars] [ [http://insidemagic.com/magicnews/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2538&Itemid=28] Inside Magic "24 Years of Living Next Door to Ellis" DVD review by Tim Quinlan, Five Stars] [ [http://www.online-visions.com/reviews/0507runaroundsue.html] "Runaround Sue" DVD review by Online Visions, 10 out of 10] , and together with a team of Melbourne magicians they a new Guinness World Record for the world's longest magic show by performing non-stop for 75 hours at Luna Park, Melbourne, Australia [ [http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/04/05/1081017086826.html] The Age "Magicians conjure Record Attempt", April 2004] . [ [http://insidemagic.com/magicnews/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1614&Itemid=2] Inside Magic News Report by Tim Quinlan] . The previous record was 24 hours [ [http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/mp/2007/05/19/stories/2007051950030100.htm] 'Hindu on net' "Casting a Magic Spell", published May 2007] .

After the 2007 show "Poker in the Face" [ [http://www.theage.com.au/news/arts-reviews/poker-in-the-face/2007/04/17/1176696802481.html] The Age "Poker in the Face", Four Stars, reviewed by Helen Razer] [ [http://blogs.theage.com.au/lastlaugh/archives/2007/04/reader_reviews_3.html] The Age "Poker in the Face", Reader Reviews] , Ellis presented two shows for the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival "Illusionarium with Ellis & Webster" [ [http://www.thegroggysquirrel.com/articles/2008/03/20/2008-melbourne-comedy-festival-reviews/illusionarium-starring-ellis-and-webster/] The Groggy Squirrel Illusionarium with Ellis & Webster", reviewed by Caitlin Crowley] and "Something About Needles & Razorblades".

He has performed on television programs including "Midday"," Good Morning Australia", "Hey Hey It's Saturday", "Young Talent Time", and "The Panel".

Ellis works in the Australian corporate entertainment field with Sue-Anne Webster.

Awards & Honours

* 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)
* Silver Medal, Close Up Magic - FISM World Magic Championships - Yokohama, Japan (1994)
* Special Jury Prize - FISM World Magic Championships - Lausanne, Switzerland (1991)
* Champion Stage Magic of Australia - National Australian Magic Convention (1990)
* Best Trick - National Australian Magic Convention (1986 & 1990)
* Champion Close Up Magician of Australia - National Australian Magic Convention (1986)
* Best Close Up Magician - Ballarat, Newcastle, and Adelaide Magic Conventions
* Best Card Magician - Ballarat, Newcastle, and Adelaide Magic Conventions
* Teenage Champion Magician of Australia - National Australian Magic Convention (1980)
* Harmony Trophy - Magic Circle of Victoria (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

* "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) [ [http://magic.about.com/od/magicreview/fr/011705timcard.htm] About.com "Tim Card Poker Deal", Reviewed by Wayne Kawamoto]

Videos & DVDs

* "Cunning Stunts" (1993)
* "Bernard's Teaching Video Series" - 18 Volumes (Producer) (1993-1995)
* [http://www.online-visions.com/reviews/0507ellis.html "Ellis in Wonderland"] (2004)
* [http://magic.about.com/od/magicreview/fr/24yearsellis.htm "24 Years of Living Next Door to Ellis"] (2004)
* [http://www.online-visions.com/reviews/0507runaroundsue.html "Runaround Sue"] (2004)
* "Ellis & Webster's Cunning Stunts" (2006)

References

External links

* [http://www.magicunlimited.com Tim Ellis' main website]
* [http://www.ellisandwebster.com.au Ellis & Webster's website]
* [http://www.australianinstituteofmagic.org/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=1%3Atim-ellis&catid=68%3Aperforming-magicians&Itemid=2 Tim Ellis in The Australian Institute of Magic]
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2992771/ Tim Ellis on Internet Movie Databse]
* [http://www.australianmagician.com/index.php?view=article&catid=49%3Aewpress&id=374%3Amagicintheirwords&option=com_content&Itemid=121 The full text of the Sep 2007 Magic Magazine interview with Tim Ellis & Sue-Anne Webster]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV30vPxEhZo YouTube video of Tim Ellis' famous cups and ball routine 'Runaround Sue']
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JppijkuVfdk YouTube video of Tim Ellis' performing 'Healed & Sealed']
* [http://www.australianmagician.com/index.php?view=article&catid=49%3Aewpress&id=375%3Aozmagic&option=com_content&Itemid=121 Interview with Tim & Sue-Anne by Sean Piper of OzMagic.com]


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