“The audience was loud in their praise – “Best Show of the Year” – Alexander Theatre
- IN DREAMS
- FULL HOUSE
- AS SEEN ON TV
- SOMETHING ABOUT NEEDLES & RAZORBLADES
- THE MAD HATTER'S MAGICAL TEA PARTY
Everything is better... in dreamsBased on a true story this is unlike any magic show you've ever seen. Internationally acclaimed magician Tim Ellis combines magic and multimedia to tell a story bridging the gap between reality and our dreams. Is everything we perceive real… or is life nothing more than an illusion? A story of loss and redemption, sorrow and salvation, heartbreak and triumph. All told through the medium of magic.IMG_5163IMG_5172IMG_5181IMG_5185IMG_5187IMG_5203IMG_5212IMG_5221IMG_5228IMG_5242IMG_5272IMG_5273IMG_5290IMG_5298IMG_5301IMG_5321IMG_5338IMG_5339
REVIEWMagic shows are often put in their own category that brings up images of RSL clubs, kids parties and men in capes with awkward young women in sequins. A trip to the Melbourne Magic Festival will banish such regressive and dull thoughts (or at least restricted them to RSL clubs), because this festival is full of magicians and artists who are letting the hat rabbits run free and taking illusion to far more interesting places. Tim Ellis is the Artistic Director of the Melbourne Magic Festival, he's won prestigious magic awards and is presenting two of his own shows at the festival. If you're s a grown up who's stopped believing in magic, his 9 pm show, In Dreams, could change your mind. In Dreams is about unrequited love and never giving up. Ellis is silent and bare foot as he tells a simple and heartwarming story about being in love and losing that love. He uses the same tricks that are seen in most shows, but adds original twists and their place in the story is more important than the illusion. The result is a personal and moving story of heartbreak and hope told though flawless magic and the kind of love that defies illusion. - Anne-Marie, Sometimes Melbourne This show is best presented in a theatre situation as it requires stage lighting, sound and curtains. It comes complete with all props, sets, costumes, video projection and a stage technician.
FULL HOUSE - OR HOW TO GET BANNED FROM EVERY CASINO ON THE PLANET
Theatre so close you can touch it!
FISM World Championship of Magic Silver Medal winner, Tim Ellis, delivers a virtuoso display of sleight-of-hand, bluffing, psychology, manipulation and outright lying in this hilarious show that asks “Are the secrets of poker the secrets of life?”
Join an audience of up to 30 people seated around Tim’s poker table, every one with a perfect view of the astonishing feats of the card sharp about to unfold right before your very eyes.
This unique show was first presented at the 2007 Melbourne International Comedy Festival where it’s combination of amusing but true tales for poker-lore blended with eye-popping demonstrations of prestidigitation had the critics raving.
Now you can have FULL HOUSE exclusively performed for your VIP guests – and why not follow it up with a poker tournament of your own!
Tim provides the table, all sound, lighting, and bar stools of varying heights to ensure that everyone gets a great view.
In Full House, Tim Ellis ingeniously blends history and lecture to contextualise the game of poker while demonstrating his nifty sleight of hand. 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.
- Tim Byrne, The Age
If green felt and high-suited hole cards arouse you, you simply must buy into this comic sit’n'go. If the previous sentence made nothing like sense, then you’re a poker naif. So, I'm going to look for you the next time I'm in the Vegas Lounge, take all your money and shout you a ticket to this show with the spoils. Oh yeah. Mama needs a new pair of shoes. Poker nerds, such as your mildly desperate reviewer, will love this performance.
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.
- Helen Razer, The Age
After some minor confusion about a ticket I was seated at the poker table for Poker in the Face. The show began by Tim Ellis talking about the history of poker and card dealing. He was talking about methods used by cheats to deal themselves good cards, then he pretended to stuff up but dealt himself four aces and the other four people at the table a king each. Dealing these cards from the centre of the pack is no easy feat. I really liked his enthusiastic story telling style when he was talking about the Old West poker players from Deadwood, Wild Bill Hickok and the hard as nails Poker Alice. Stories about men pulling guns on other players and winning the pot with a full house that only had a pair.
Whilst he was telling these stories he was doing tricks. His sleight of hand tricks were unbelievable. He would perform them really slowly but I still had no idea what he was doing. Then he did a trick where he would get us to deal him cards, but somehow always end up with a winning hand. Being seated a poker table with him as the dealer made the show unique and you could see his tricks up close. I think he is a great magician who knows a thing or two about poker. I bought his DVD to learn some gags, some were good, some were a bit lame. But the best part was watching his soda can resurrection trick. He doesn't do this in this show but the magic he does do is pretty damn good. Poker in the Face is a must for poker fans and magic fans alike, and maybe fun for those who aren't.
- Daniel Jones
When I think of magic shows I think of cheesy David Copperfield TV performances that the networks schedule during non-ratings period. So while being a little sceptical before arriving for Tim Ellis’ show at the Trick or Treat Magic Shop in Ivanhoe, the poker nerd in me was keen to see what he was capable of. 45 minutes later I couldn't believe how this man managed to fool us with his crazy bluffing and sleight of hand antics. Seated round a poker table the performance was incredibly intimate – Tim is a very charismatic and enthusiastic individual and it feels like he can read your innermost thoughts when he addresses you.
All the tricks were rock solid. Even after explained how a dealing cheat tactic worked I still could not pick up his sleight of hand from 30 centimetres away. Another highlight was chatting to another Tim (owner of Trick or Treat Magic Shop) after the show and watching him perform a variety of excellent tricks with a deck of cards and other toys. I wish I was a kid again so I could go to one of his birthday party magic shows! Two very likeable guys and the show is highly recommended, even for those of you who despise David Copperfield!
Each year, the comedy festival features a magician or two. Often, these performers are included solely because there isn’t a Melbourne International Magicians Festival. However, in the case of Tim Ellis’ Poker in the Face, they have the added bonus of being funny as well. Ellis is better known as a magician. The last time I saw him perform he was bounding across a stage in front of 500 people floating his wife, Sue Ann Webster. This time, Ellis is turning his talents to poker, performing solo in a comedy show designed for an intimate audience. I was curious to see how a larger-than-life character like Ellis would fare when faced with being able to see the whites of his audience’s eyes. In what would be described as ‘sit down comedy’, Ellis takes his place as the dealer behind a poker table, with his audience seated around the table on chairs and stools.
Throughout the 45 minutes, Ellis brings to life the history of poker, its colourful characters and classic stories. At the same time, he uses sleight of hand to perform some amazing cheating and magic. A rubbish hand turns into a royal flush, poker chips swap places with one another and at one point, the cards even turn themselves over. It would be easy for a show of this nature to very quickly become boring. Watching a guy playing imaginary card games with himself would strike few people as interesting. However, with Ellis’ flair for the dramatic, the show moves from high tension to laugh-out comedy to thoughtful introspection at breakneck speed. As a magician, he does not feel the need to fill every last second with gags and bits, instead letting the humour grow organically. This is one of the most unique, entertaining and intriguing magic shows, comedy shows and heck shows I have ever seen! Just be careful if you sit in the front row. This show relies on heavy audience participation and you may end up losing money in the shows finale!
- Nicholas J Johnson
‘Poker in the face’, the new show by Melbourne magician Tim Ellis, is an entertaining mixture of gambling demonstrations, card tricks and fascinating stories about some of the legendary gamblers from the days of the Wild West. There’s even some magic with poker chips thrown in for good measure. Tim’s technique is flawless and his story telling ability riveting.
There are demonstrations of false dealing, selected cards are discovered in amazing ways and in impossible places, and Tim demonstrates time and time again that you simply can’t beat him at a hand of poker, even when he lets YOU choose ALL the cards. It’s a superb mix of psychology, sleight-of-hand and gambling stories which is highly recommended for anyone interested in learning something about the nefarious world of gamblers and their devious methods. Very entertaining, humorous and enjoyable. I loved it.
- David Jones
Even an hour’s drive across town, through peak-hour traffic, didn't spoil the show for our group in Thursday night’s audience of budding magicians and poker enthusiasts. For 45 minutes, Tim Ellis bamboozled us with a combination of sleight of hand and seemingly effortless poker play. We relived some “magic” moments in the history of the game, with audience participants agog as the impossible happened before our eyes! The intimate venue ensured everyone was caught up in the moment. And Tim left us in no doubt that a magician may be fascinating to watch but not someone you want as a poker opponent. “Full House” is no gamble though – it’s a solid investment of your entertainment dollar.
- Deb CandyThis show is presented with the audience seated around a poker table so is perfect for almost any venue.It comes complete with all props, poker table, lighting and 15 raised stools for optimum viewing conditions.
A moving and inspiring journeyTim Ellis is one of Australia’s leading magicians. He also has Asperger’s Syndrome. This show is his story. From his childhood dreams of becoming a magician, to his international acclaim at The World Championships of Magic, Tim tells how Asperger’s has helped – and hindered – his career. This show features some of Tim’s most acclaimed creations including:
This show is best presented in a theatre situation as it requires stage lighting, sound and curtains.It comes complete with all props, sets, costumes, video projection and a stage technician.
- MagicSports (Theatre Sports but with magic!)
- The Dream Prediction (It totally stumped the JJJ team)
- Soda Resurrection (Truly mind blowing)
- Runaround Sue (Internationally award winning act)
Highlights from 40 years of magic on TVIn this 50 minute show, internationally renowned magician Tim Ellis presents some of his most requested routines ‘As Seen On TV’. The students are challenged as to whether to blindly accept everything they see on TV as “real” or not as Tim exposes some of the techniques of TV magicians before recreating some of his most astonishing acts live with no camera tricks. This show also includes effects including those that have won him awards at The FISM World Championships of Magic. Perfect entertainment designed for the whole family to enjoy together performed by Melbourne magician, Tim Ellis. This show is best presented in a theatre situation although it is perfect for secondary schools. It comes complete with all props, sets, costumes, and full video projection. WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
- "Action-packed hilarious show which appealed to all ages. Highly recommended."
- "Haven't ever laughed so much."
- "Entertained the children completely."
- "It held the children spellbound, the performance is creative and intriguing."
- "Amazing how someone can 'fool' the mind like that. The children had a ball and so did I."
- "Terrific program - kids were enthralled with the whole show."
- "Fantastic - very entertaining - kids really enjoyed it - well done."
- "Entertainment at its best - students were held enthralled at all times."
- "A very impressive and professional show that had us all absolutely captivated. It aroused interest and impetus to our Performing Arts program."
- "Great interaction. Children totally captivated (and teachers) for entire performance ".
- "Great springboard for whole school theme on magic."
- "Best show ever seen."
- "Excellent show, very entertaining and magical."
- "Great Show, performers very professional. Great with children during question time."
- "All children from Early Learning Centre to Year 6 were totally enthralled by this outstanding performance."
- "Teachers were all impressed with enthusiasm and involvement of children."
- "Magic - the show was fantastic. The performance level was excellent."
- "Thank you to a wonderful, energetic performer. Children at all levels were entertained and enthralled."
- "Teachers could not stop talking about it!"
- "For sheer enjoyment A+++. For challenging the children A+++. For appealing to adults A+++. Children of all ages were enthralled. Audience participation was most enjoyable (esp. when the teachers are involved!). They would love to see the show again."
- "Teachers were just as enthralled at the high standard of the different items. We also enjoy watching and hearing the children's responses."
- "Teachers were in awe!! How did he do it??"
Explore the dark side of comedy if you dare!Fans of the SAW movies will love this show as Tim Ellis swallows razorblades, pushes needles through his skin, and does whatever the evil SUDOKU demands of him. No camera tricks or special effects, the pain is real, the suffering is in your mind. Are you strong enough to survive this show? This show had it’s world premiere at the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and has become one of Tim’s most talked about creations! It’s a 45 minute multimedia show featuring some of the most realistic magical effects you’ll ever see including a knife sliced through Tim’s finger, blown up onto the big screen so the squeamish don’t miss a thing. Tim performs the classic Linking Rings, but with rings of barbed wire to the song ‘Everybody Hurts’… yes, there will be blood… and you’ll love every minute of it! Click to expand This show is best presented in a theatre situation as it requires stage lighting, sound and curtains. It comes complete with all props, sets, costumes, video projection and a stage technician.
Crazy fun for all ages
For years MADISON J HATTER (esq) has been visiting other people’s tea parties and putting on a magic show. Now it’s time for YOU to come to HIS tea party!
In this 50 minute show, The Mad Hatter creates controlled chaos as he performs hilarious magic tricks and involves as many children as possible in the show.
The guests are encouraged to make their own mad hats to wear to the show, or to dress as their favourite Wonderland character. This, of course, is optional but it definitely adds to the excitement, anticipation of the whole activity.
The audience will experience the sensation of falling down the rabbit hole as they see their friends heads shrink and then grow - Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee’s ‘Watch Bag’ causes a borrowed watch to become invisible - The Hatter makes hats by magic - a wooden dice floats across the room… or does it? – plus so much more in this hilariously interactive show.
Perfect entertainment designed for the whole family to enjoy together performed by Melbourne magician, Tim Ellis.