Festivals & Events:
The Magic of Eli
Magic with Eli! Thursday, June 12, 2014, 5 & 7:30 p.m., $5 for kids, $10 for adults Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, Colo. Award winning teen magician, and now international television star from Toledo, Ohio, Eli Portala, will perform at the Sheridan Opera House at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12 combining comedy and illusion for families and audience members of all ages. The show is $5 for kids 12 and under and $10 for adults. At just 18 years old Eli is a rising star in magic with a fast-paced show that performs classic magic with a hip and modern twist. Eli opens the show producing doves from thin air and then vanishing them right back again moments later. That particular piece of prestidigitation has won Eli numerous national and international magic titles, and recently had him flying to Italy to perform on the biggest television show in all of Europe: La Grande Magia, The Illusionist; a show which showcased the top 30 magicians under 30 from around the world. This quick and quirky comedy magic show also includes crazy machete juggling, audience participation and Eli's version of Houdini's classic Metamorphosis, a lightning fast illusion that is extremely physically challenging. "My assistant is trained in ballet and wrestling, and this particular piece can be dangerous if you're not really strong," says Eli. Eli's delightful deceptive family magic show is all in the family as he is assisted by his two long time assistants, sister Emma, 16, and cousin Gabby, 17. Both began their careers on stage with Eli before they entered Kindergarten. After more than a decade of performing together, Eli's show is packed with polished and powerful magic that he keeps fresh and funny throughout. At the age of six, Eli became the youngest champion magician in the United States, and for the past 10 years he has traveled the country wowing thousands of people and picking up numerous awards and titles along the way. Eli's renown in the magic community sparked ABC to seek out Eli and his family to feature them on an episode of their hit TV show Wife Swap. He is the youngest winner in history of the prestigious International Brotherhood of Magician's Jr. award, and the youngest and only two time winner of Abbott's Magic Get-Together - the longest running magic contest in the United States. Past winners include such luminaries as Lance Burton, Franz Harary and David Copperfield.