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by Tim Ellis
March 16th, 2017, 9:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 9411

Re: Magicians Documentary

That was an interesting time. The mining company actually contacted us to try to convince their CEO that Uri was a fraud. Despite evidence, he chose to pay Uri a quarter of a million dollars sum to fly him over an island with a map and a pendulum. They ended up having to say they found minerals (not...
by Tim Ellis
March 16th, 2017, 8:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 9411

Re: Magicians Documentary

We improvised a "documentary" for our own amusement many years ago.

It was funny to us at the time... but now it just looks real.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDzmRTh2Gew
by Tim Ellis
January 9th, 2017, 7:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Scamapalooza
Replies: 1
Views: 590

Scamapalooza

If you get a chance, take a listen to the utterly fascinating and totally entertaining podcast SCAMAPALOOZA by Australia's Honest Conman Nicholas J Johnson. Currently up to episode 38, Scamapalooza attempts to separate facts from fraud as Nicholas explores the worlds of deception, illusion and swind...
by Tim Ellis
December 1st, 2016, 6:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC & Angel = Fake Twitter FOllowers
Replies: 12
Views: 1934

Re: DC & Angel = Fake Twitter FOllowers

And now BUZZ FEED has picked up on this very one sided "feud"

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/criss-a ... .adg703953
by Tim Ellis
November 30th, 2016, 4:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC & Angel = Fake Twitter FOllowers
Replies: 12
Views: 1934

Re: DC & Angel = Fake Twitter FOllowers

Not really a duel - you don't see DC posting anything about CA. CA also got very upset when Forbes wrote an article about the highest paid magicians http://www.forbes.com/sites/hayleycuccinello/2016/10/26/worlds-highest-paid-magicians-2016-david-copperfield-conjures-64-million-tops-list/#67e2ee0a3be...
by Tim Ellis
July 23rd, 2016, 5:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel & Brett Daniels - cage brawl ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2090

Re: Criss Angel & Brett Daniels - cage brawl ?

Just last September Criss was threatening to sue other magicians who copied his effects without permission http://lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2015/sep/30/its-getting-so-frustrating-ridiculous-criss-angel-/ “There is supposed to be a rule in magic, that if you want or like an effect of another magici...
by Tim Ellis
July 19th, 2016, 3:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionists Indonesia
Replies: 1
Views: 386

The Illusionists Indonesia

As they continue to expand the franchise I hate to say it... but I think the standard is dropping... ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH0o8cWLofc
by Tim Ellis
July 15th, 2016, 12:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini & Doyle
Replies: 7
Views: 1438

Re: Houdini & Doyle

I loved it for all the same reasons
by Tim Ellis
June 3rd, 2016, 2:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The World's Longest Magic Show
Replies: 0
Views: 442

The World's Longest Magic Show

Yes, this is really happening! 85 Hours. Non-stop magic. Guinness World Record. Over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, a group of ambitious and dedicated Australian magicians from The Melbourne Magic Festival will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the World’s Longest Magic Show w...
by Tim Ellis
March 6th, 2016, 6:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Spain's Got Ripoffs... :(
Replies: 5
Views: 2434

Spain's Got Ripoffs... :(

So disappointing someone should try to get away with this blatant rip off

http://www.telecinco.es/gottalent/tempo ... 55025.html
by Tim Ellis
February 20th, 2016, 9:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel closing?
Replies: 15
Views: 4092

Re: Criss Angel closing?

According to a tweet....

Criss Angel ‏@CrissAngel Jan 20
My brand new creation is coming to @LuxorLV @Cirque 2016 Just Wait... #MagicRevolution
by Tim Ellis
December 9th, 2015, 7:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dynamo Live Tour 2015 - A review ...
Replies: 6
Views: 1808

Re: Dynamo Live Tour 2015 - A review ...

By contrast THE ILLUSIONISTS (West End) gets two out of five here "Compere Colin Cloud describes himself as a forensic scientist but comes across as a less charismatic version of Derren Brown, setting the tone for an evening that can’t decide whether it should be thunderously bombastic or genia...
by Tim Ellis
December 9th, 2015, 1:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dynamo Live Tour 2015 - A review ...
Replies: 6
Views: 1808

Re: Dynamo Live Tour 2015 - A review ...

And yet the press reviews about Dynamo are very favourable... sort of... "Mainly though the evening consists of theatrically staged mind reading tricks in which Dynamo predicts what audience members are thinking, be it favourite childhood movies or various randomly generated numbers. These sort...
by Tim Ellis
October 25th, 2015, 6:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel cancels shows
Replies: 26
Views: 4067

Re: Criss Angel cancels shows

The child has been diagnosed and Criss and Shaunyl are still married.

Those who know the real reason for the press release are not impressed.
by Tim Ellis
October 25th, 2015, 10:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel cancels shows
Replies: 26
Views: 4067

Re: Criss Angel cancels shows

While it is terrible news that the boy has leukemia, the part that I find disgusting is the way in which it is being exploited for publicity. Criss could simply have cancelled shows and left it at that. Instead, he has chosen to promote it through the media, only a few days after announcing a new ro...
by Tim Ellis
October 25th, 2015, 8:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel cancels shows
Replies: 26
Views: 4067

Re: Criss Angel cancels shows

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1630927/bio Hmmm... his IMdB bio says he married Shaunyl in Feb this year.... And this blog page fills in a few gaps in the mystery... http://www.crazydaysandnights.net/2015/04/blind-item-6-689.html Especially in the comments section.... And this clipping from St John the...
by Tim Ellis
October 25th, 2015, 8:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel cancels shows
Replies: 26
Views: 4067

Re: Criss Angel cancels shows

Are you sure it's Shaunyl? On her FB profile it says she got engaged to a guy on Oct 2013 and on his FB profile is a pic of him holding the baby (Johnny) in February with people saying "Congrats Dad!" But on Oct 2014 he comments "If another man steals your women,there's no better reve...
by Tim Ellis
October 25th, 2015, 8:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel cancels shows
Replies: 26
Views: 4067

Re: Criss Angel cancels shows

I am not suggesting the child doesn't exist. The implication is that Criss's ex-wife Sandra is the mother, though that is never actually stated. To some extent, that is none of our concern BUT, as Richard points out, hundreds of press releases have been sent out to promote/capitalise on this and aga...
by Tim Ellis
October 24th, 2015, 8:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel cancels shows
Replies: 26
Views: 4067

Re: Criss Angel cancels shows

As sad as this is, I really dislike the fact that all the press releases are focusing on one thing "For the first time in seven years, Criss Angel is canceling some of his Las Vegas shows." Which isn't even true! He cancelled a whole month in January last year, "Criss Angel will under...
by Tim Ellis
September 27th, 2015, 6:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is Anyone Still Interested in Criss Angel?
Replies: 3
Views: 991

Re: Is Anyone Still Interested in Criss Angel?

I wonder how much they paid for that advertisement. It definitely isn't journalism.

Most interesting piece is they say Chloe Louise Crawford is now Criss Angel's latest project...
by Tim Ellis
September 22nd, 2015, 3:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Justin Willman vs Danny Cole
Replies: 55
Views: 11040

Re: Justin Willman vs Danny Cole

And as bad as we think we have it, there's another group of entertainers who have it worse... "Magicians publish their tricks – they have their names attached to them. But no one cares about giving ventriloquists credit.” http://deadline.com/2015/09/americas-got-talent-winner-paul-zerdin-stole-...
by Tim Ellis
September 21st, 2015, 7:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Justin Willman vs Danny Cole
Replies: 55
Views: 11040

Re: Justin Willman vs Danny Cole

You are correct, there are blanket licenses and there are dramatic licences. For LEMON TREE, as it was seen as a concert piece, the blanket license covered it. However, when it came to putting the piece on my DVD 'ELLIS IN WONDERLAND', the royalty cost was very expensive for that song, so I had a fr...
by Tim Ellis
September 21st, 2015, 2:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Justin Willman vs Danny Cole
Replies: 55
Views: 11040

Re: Justin Willman vs Danny Cole

Hi Bill, I'm sure the situation is the same in the USA. Here in Australia, if I wish to perform to music I need to submit my song choices to APRA, they will make sure the correct royalties go to the correct people. They will also let me know if I am allowed to use the songs I request. http://apraamc...
by Tim Ellis
September 20th, 2015, 11:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Justin Willman vs Danny Cole
Replies: 55
Views: 11040

Re: Justin Willman vs Danny Cole

From the MagicFakers blog ALSO, many people ask about the origins of John Cornelius' original Pen Through Anything, often suggesting he got the idea from Tenyo's Wandering Hole (1979). Here is the story direct from John himself: "The Tenyo Wandering Hole was a piece of plastic with a movable ho...
by Tim Ellis
September 15th, 2015, 9:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: AGT betting odds - Who will win?
Replies: 7
Views: 1866

AGT betting odds - Who will win?

According to Gold Derby predictions, the ventriloquist Paul Zerdin has 63% odds in favour with 4/7 chances to win the finale. He is followed by Piff the Magic Dragon, the comedian and magician, who has 13% odds in favour and 13/2 chances to become the winner of "America's Got Talent" (AGT)...
by Tim Ellis
August 21st, 2015, 8:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionist Squad
Replies: 6
Views: 1756

Re: The Illusionist Squad

Thanks! :)
by Tim Ellis
August 16th, 2015, 8:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Because when I think WSJ, I think Piff
Replies: 20
Views: 4143

Re: Because when I think WSJ, I think Piff

Brad is correct. The inherent problem with most "bank night" style routines is they rely on the performer having a high standard of acting ability and, even then, the entire premise is flawed. Rather than putting an item in peril for no good reason and then "magically" returning ...
by Tim Ellis
August 16th, 2015, 7:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Illusionist Squad
Replies: 6
Views: 1756

Re: The Illusionist Squad

No offence take John :) It took quite a long time to create that mashup, based on an amusing thought that jumped into my mind that wouldn't be exorcised any other way ;) Thankfully, others share my sense of humor and found it very amusing as well. Mash ups like this are parody and, as Richard said, ...
by Tim Ellis
August 12th, 2015, 12:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Because when I think WSJ, I think Piff
Replies: 20
Views: 4143

Re: Because when I think WSJ, I think Piff

I don't understand the point of the GOLDEN BUZZER. It puts him right through to the Quarter Finals.. but so would getting three YES wouldn't it?

I thought it would at least put him through to the finals
by Tim Ellis
August 11th, 2015, 11:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hot new podcast starring,.....
Replies: 0
Views: 601

Hot new podcast starring,.....

Australia's Honest Conman, best selling author, and star of Australia's version of THE REAL HUSTLE, Nicholas J Johnson has launched a great new podcast called SCAMAPALOOZA. There are 5 episodes up so far http://www.conman.com.au/tag/podcast/ and each episode features an expert guest discussing their...
by Tim Ellis
July 20th, 2015, 8:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Danny Doyle - Intoxicating Magic in Vegas
Replies: 11
Views: 2891

Re: Danny Doyle - Intoxicating Magic in Vegas

The rest of the article is just as amusing ;)
by Tim Ellis
July 16th, 2015, 4:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Helsinki, Finland ?
Replies: 23
Views: 5796

Re: FISM 2018 - Helsinki, Finland ?

The situation after Beijing was fascinating. From what I heard, a LOT of people were upset when Granada and Vienna lost the bid to host 2009 FISM to Beijing. Their way of protest was (so I was told) that no European club bid for 2012. Then in stepped Blackpool. Blackpool was not considered an "...
by Tim Ellis
July 15th, 2015, 7:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Helsinki, Finland ?
Replies: 23
Views: 5796

Re: FISM 2018 - Helsinki, Finland ?

Any FISM Member Society is welcome to bid to stage a World Championship event. Here in Melbourne, Australia, we have been requested to prepare a bid several times but we have never found a way to make it financially viable. It's also unlikely we'd get enough people willing to take the 14 hour flight...
by Tim Ellis
July 13th, 2015, 4:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM Day 5
Replies: 51
Views: 18939

Re: FISM Day 5

Tim, you weren't in Rimini as far as I know, so without actually seeing what was going on (just relying on second-hand information) you really don't have any right to compare what Derek Lever did in Blackpool to what Walter Rolfo did in Rimini. There were definitely differences but my comparison be...
by Tim Ellis
July 12th, 2015, 8:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Final FISM Thoughts
Replies: 4
Views: 1995

Re: Final FISM Thoughts

Peter, I heard that another TV organisation offered FISM a large amount of money for the rights to film the World Championships. Is this true? If so, why was Walter given the rights for free instead?
by Tim Ellis
July 12th, 2015, 8:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: My first FISM, some gathered thoughts
Replies: 3
Views: 1199

Re: My first FISM, some gathered thoughts

A very fair assessment. Many of those problems COULD have been overcome on the spot (we just ran a 13 day Magic Festival here in Melbourne and, in order to feed our audiences between shows, we invited food trucks to attend. Our audience had gourmet pizza, Taiwanese street food, middle eastern cuisin...
by Tim Ellis
July 12th, 2015, 7:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM Day 5
Replies: 51
Views: 18939

Re: FISM Day 5

Several times we have been asked to look at the viability of holding a FISM here in Australia. Each time the various convention bureaus get very excited until the realise the $1000 registration is for the entire 6 days and not per day.... FISM will always be more akin to a hobbyists convention (like...

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