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2010 - The Year In Review

2010 has been another magical year and we'd like to thank you for helping to make it so amazing!

We're going to take a look back at the year in review, starting with last week when Sue-Anne Webster premiered her brand new show INTERNATIONAL WOMAN OF MYSTERY!

"Excellent. Sue-Anne communicates extremely well to all levels of our employees. Her audience participation, in reality, involved everyone!" - Janine Hill, Cut & Fill.



In November Magic Unlimited revamped it's Artist Booking Website making it much easier to find the perfect performer for your next event. If you haven't checked it out yet - CLICK HERE 

Tim & Sue-Anne were also filmed for a new Documentary on the creation of the new Aspergion website. The site, and the documentary, will be available in a month or two, but you can get a preview if you CLICK HERE 



Sue-Anne received her second 'Best Actress' award at the Ignite Film Festival for the film 'Remember Me' - CLICK HERE to view it.


Tim was featured in 'The Magic Vault' where they said "He took those effects and made them his own and in turn is seen as a truly entertaining ORIGINAL performer." - CLICK HERE to read the full story.



Ellis & Webster premiered a new family show for the school holidays - Two Out Of A Hat.

Tim was featured in the international magic magazine 'M-U-M' in a three page spread.

The Melbourne Magic Festival was featured in the international magic magazine 'MAGIC' 

Sue-Anne had a series of articles on magic, plus a profile on her, published in The School Magazine

Tim recorded a segment for a top secret new TV series due on the ABC in early 2011.



Tim & Sue-Anne made The Melbourne Cup appear to celebrate it's 150th anniversary.


Aspycadabra was performed for the Design faculty at Swinburne as part of the Aspergion project.

The feature film 'Matching Jack' premiered in Australian cinemas, with the opening sequence being a magic show performed by Sue-Anne Webster.



The Melbourne Magic Festival, produced by Tim Ellis, appeared at The Northcote Town Hall with over 100 shows including 'Ellis & Webster Escape From Reality' and 'Illusionarium 2010'

Ellis & Webster appear on Hey Hey It's Saturday and Sunrise to help promote the Festival. CLICK HERE to watch the Hey Hey segment.



Tim Ellis travelled to Kuala Lumpur as special guest performer and judge at the Malaysian Magic Championships.

The Catchpenny Club TV series aired on Channel 31. Produced by Tim Ellis. CLICK HERE to watch a clip.

Tim Ellis appeared on the morning television show 'Sunrise' performing several effects.




Sue-Anne traveled throughout Europe meeting with our special guests for the 2011 Melbourne Magic Festival.

Tim performed in Newcastle for the 'Sounds of the Spectrum' Autism awareness fundraising event.



Tim and Sue-Anne toured the USA where they appeared as special guest performers and lecturers at the FFFF and MAWNY conventions in New York, and the CAMARADERIE convention in Canada. Tim created a special 4 part video for the FFFF guest of honour Obie O'Brien. 


Sue-Anne finally met Barbara Eden, who was stunned by Sue-Anne's uncanny resemblance to Jeannie.



Ellis & Webster flew to Hong Kong where they performed a 40 minute magic and illusion spot in the sold-out 'WOW Magic Show'.

Sue-Anne appeared in the Easter short film 'Remember Me'

Tim Ellis released a devilish new trick, 'Perplexity'. CLICK HERE to watch it, CLICK HERE to buy it.



Ridiculously busy for February with corporate gigs including a very appropriate show for Stihl to promote their chainsaws!



We started the year off with a brand new magic van - a Hyundai iLoad, a brand new online magic store - CLICK HERE.

Tim Ellis was featured in the new book 'Magic's Most Amazing Stories: A collection of incredible stories from World Famous Magicians'. CLICK HERE to buy it.



2011 is looking even busier already with Aspergion going live in March, guest appearances at the GeniiCon in April and IMX in Las Vegas in May. Plus projects online, on stage, in books, on TV, and in film all on the boil as well!


FISM OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS - Applications open in two weeks!


July 5-9, 2011 will see the first ever FISM Oceania Championships and applications to compete open on January 1, 2011.

The Championships will compose of two competitions:



Heats: July 5, 6 & 7 at The Northcote Town Hall.

Final: July 8 at The Northcote Town Hall.

Entrants: 24 maximum. The first 14 to enter get guaranteed entry, if more than 24 entries are received the remaining ten spots will be decided by a random drawing on June 11.

Prize: The winner receives a trophy, the title, guaranteed entry to the FISM World Championship in 2012, competition entry fee paid, FISM registration fee paid, and return airfares paid.

Rules: See here.

Entry form: Appearing here on January 1.



Competition: July 9 at St Martin's Theatre.

Entrants: 14 maximum. The first 6 to enter get guaranteed entry, if more than 14 entries are received the remaining eight spots will be decided by a random drawing on June 11.

Prize: The winner receives a trophy, the title, guaranteed entry to the FISM World Championship in 2012, competition entry fee paid, FISM registration fee paid, and return airfares paid.

Rules: See here.

Entry form: Appearing here on January 1.

For full details visit 


GeniiCon 2011

Message from Kent Blackmore:

The Geniis Magical Society continues to add top-line events to the upcoming "GeniiCon", April 15-17, 2011. In addition to our special guests Rick Merrill (FISM comedy and magic champion), Stephen Bargatze (hilarious magic comedian), and Pat-Trick's one man show, "The Swindler", we are delighted to add a lecture and performance by international artists Tim Ellis and Sue-Anne Webster, and a presentation by Barry "The Bandit" Govan on "The Art of the Pitch". More to follow!


Two lunches are included with your registration (and more if we can swing it!) and if you book before December 31 there's a major saving on the entry fee (just $180 for adults).


Keep an eye on this news bulletin for more updates, or go to and click on the GeniiCon link for news and registration details. See you in April!



Film & Magic

In these modern times when the Magic Blog seems to have gone the way of the fax machine as everyone is tweeting away instead, it's good to find out that there are still some dedicated bloggers out there bringing out fascinating content on a regular basis.

One such blog is Chris Philpott's Film & Magic.

Click on the link right now and have a browse through his archive. I think you'll like it!

The big 3000


It seemed like yesterday, but it was actually just over two years ago, that this blog received it's 2000th comment.

Now we are rapidly approaching comment #3000!

As I did way back then, I feel the urge to celebrate with another great giveaway.

Whoever posts lucky comment 3000 will receive a prize from our Ellis & Webster Merchandise stash.

What is it? You'll have to start commenting and find out!