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We get vivid portraits of famous card sharps like Wild Bill Hickok and Poker Alice, as well as delicious references to card game terminology: Dead Man’s Hand, Fishhooks, rivers and flops. It’s clever confirmation of the poetry inherent in poker, its dangers and temptations.
FULL HOUSE – Reviewed in The Age
Sitting at a card table, magician Tim Ellis deals out some tremendous tricks. As he does the impossible, he recounts stories of poker’s true heroes. Doyle Brunson, Poker Alice and Wild Bill Hickok shoot and play their way through a lively narrative told with the deference of a true poker buff. Ellis is witty, truly engaged and magical. Cards, as any ardent player will tell you, are about wonder and respect. Ellis demonstrates both. This is a must-do for card sharps and those with an interest in sleight-of-hand.
Entertainment is the key of the show. A true showman, Tim Ellis ensures that everyone is having a jolly good time with his comic flair and charm. Jokes, amusing dialogues, humorous demeanour, exaggerated drama are all essential elements of his show. My 6 year old nephew had a ball while he whooped, roared with laughter and madly clapped at the various tricks. His happiness knew no bounds.
If you’re a grown up who’s stopped believing in magic, his 9 pm show, In Dreams, could change your mind. The result is a personal and moving story of heartbreak and hope told though flawless magic and the kind of love that defies illusion.
Without understating Ellis’ sleight of hand and talent for misdirection, it’s his showmanship that keeps you spellbound. His timing, comic flair and charisma ensure there’s never a dead moment.
HERALD SUN – Show reviewed by Graeme Johnstone
Tim performed some astounding card tricks. Sublimely, totally dumbfounding.
IN PRESS MAGAZINE – Show reviewed by Fiona Scott-Norman
Tim Ellis was the big hit of the night with his incredible magic. He did a lot of card tricks that were just astonishing!.
Tim Ellis is to magic what diamonds are to minerals. He is the best and brightest and can cut glass and is liked by women.
What makes this book so great is that there are no pipe dreams in here. Every routine is tested over time, and Tim has performed them all in his professional career. Having a book that is filled with real world, and highly commercial magic really makes this a stand-out book for me.
Ellis in Wonderland is overflowing with rock-solid, practical magic, of the kind that only results from real-world performers setting their creative sights on designing tricks they will actually use.
I’ve reviewed lots of DVDs of late, but Tim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster’s Ellis in Wonderland stands above the rest. This DVD offers 12 solid effects that range from close-up to stand-up and stage. And theres lots of good, real-world advice.
Ellis in Wonderland is edited as if the couple really wanted to convey the lessons and not just get some merchandise on the market before Christmas. In fact, if we hadn’t just seen Living Next Door to Ellis, we’d swear they gave away too many great tricks. Having seen the other DVD, we know they have plenty of great tricks and they do not seem to care if other magicians learn how to perform them. Great for us.
Tim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster are to magic, what Filet Mignon and a fine wine are to food. They are creative, theatrical, imaginative, caring, and funny and their lectures are among the best. How nice it would be to eat steak every day (I can’t afford to because my cholesterol medication costs so much) and how nice would it be to watch Mr. Ellis and Ms. Webster perform, teach and improvise every day.
Among the bonus items, Tim performs (but does not explain) a wonderful sequence of effects using a soda can, one of the best examples of routining that you’ll ever see. With the release of 24 Years of Living Next Door to Ellis and its companion DVD, Ellis in Wonderland, Tim Ellis clearly demonstrates that he is on a very short list of performers whose material is as much of interest to magicians as it is to their audiences.
For those who can handle this kind of quality in both substance and production, Inside Magic gives its highest rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS! There is simply no better way of learning great magic. Tim and Sue-Anne do it perfectly and with class we don?t expect in magic DVDs. They outshine all other productions on the market.
24 Years of Living Next Door to Ellis is another outstanding DVD from Tim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster. The effects are entertaining as well as commercial, and straightforward to perform. If youre looking for impressive knuckle busters, dont look here. But if you want entertaining tricks that come from the repertoire of some successful pros, theres lots to like on this DVD.
Is a DVD with only one routine worth the money? When it’s Tim Ellis’ “Runaround Sue,” his take on the cups & balls, the answer is a resounding “yes.” In addition to explaining Ellis’ excellent fifties-themed cups & balls, the DVD provides lots of useful information on vanishes, setup and showmanship.