A native of Minnesota, Tim’s overnight success has been eighteen
years in the making. Perfecting the sleight of hand requires
dedication, determination, drive, and took Tim years to accomplish.
"My first memory of magic was at Disneyland," Tim recalls. "I was
only 4 or 5 years old, yet I was so mesmerized. I watched a magician
perform a disappearing sponge ball trick – a common, simple trick. I
was so fascinated I made my parents buy it for me. I practiced all
during the long drive home to Minnesota. At my age, it was very
difficult to do, but by the end of the trip, I was able to make the
ball vanish. I still do it in my act today."
His success is not without sacrifice. While his peers enjoyed the
normal teenage years, Tim’s focus was on his craft. At age
16 he began acting at a local theme park where he quickly
learned that his comedic wit, magical prowess and natural
timing could parlay into a career in entertainment.
“Although I practiced constantly -- even performing shows
for family and friends.
I look back at that time
and still feel incredibly humbled and grateful...here I was; just a
kid being given the chance to perform what I loved to do and
receiving all the accolades that go with it…even though I worked
hard, I still feel incredibly lucky” After acquiring an agent, he
soon became one of the Midwest’s busiest performers working the
college, fairs and corporate circuit. Tim’s shows exceeded 200 per
year and provided limitless exposure to every imaginable type of
audience; which gave him the additional ability to handle any crowd.
"At the theme park, I did three shows a day, six days a week. Every
situation that arose, be it comments from the crowd or hecklers, I
was ready. It forced me to improvise, to respond quickly and
creatively with words as well as facial expressions." His increasing
popularity took him from a best kept secret among the college venue
to a highly sought after performer.
It didn’t take long to gain the attention of agents and producers
alike; which landed him fill-in spots for Vegas headliners like Ron
Lucas and Mac King before acquiring his own room on the Strip.
Tim’s “keep it funny” philosophy is obvious throughout his
laugh-a-minute- show. He prides himself in providing a clean
performance in which he takes it to the line, but never crosses. His
wide appeal makes his show enjoyable for all types of audiences.
His business is magic, but for this consummate professional it’s
much more than the tricks. "Magicians are always talking
about the technicality of magic. You have to be good, but
the magic by itself is meaningless. Do you entertain the
Can you grab an audience in the first few minutes and hold their
attention? You can be a
fabulous magician, but if you can't entertain the crowd, people
aren't going to come back. I don't want to be just a good magician.
I want to be a great entertainer."
Tim’s Disneyland introduction to magic makes his adoption of Walt
Disney’s philosophy seem predestined, “Do something so well that
people will pay to see you do it again, and when they come back,
they’ll bring their friends.” Tim’s viewpoint is just that; he does
what he loves to the best of his ability and has fun in the
meantime. It shows.
Beginning July, 2007, join
Tim at the House of Blues for one of the funniest and most
entertaining afternoons of your life. And, the next time, you’ll
bring your friends.