ROSS SKIFFINGTON

is the recipient of two

 Lifetime Achievement Awards.

 

In 2000 at the 27th Australian Society of Magicians Convention for his:

Contribution to the Art of Magic.

In 2005 from Magic New Zealand for:

 “A lifetime dedicated to the Magical Arts”.

Ross was the winner of four major awards at the 17th Australian Society of Magicians Convention and is recognised as Australia’s finest Illusionist.

He trained in New Zealand as an actor at the Mercury Theatre and graduated from Auckland University with a Diploma in Fine Arts.

In 1975 he moved to Australia and over the past thirty years has worked with theatre companies, television, corporate and film production houses as an Actor, Illusionist, Director and Magic Consultant.

Some of the many major musicals and stage productions Ross has been magic consultant for include:

  • Disney’s Beauty & The Beast
  • A Little Night Music
  • Into The Woods
  • Travesties
  •  The Hobbit
  •  CATS
  • Blithe Spirit
  • The Cherry Orchard
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • The Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games 

Ross has written and directed original works including:

  • Tricks
  • Electricks
  • Lounge Wizard
  • Patrick’s Hat Trick
  • The Fabulous Fontaines!
  • Chiller!
  • CHINOIS!
  • Silver’s Grand Magic Circus
  • Melbourne Festival of the Arts Opening Night Spectacular.

Ross is a regular guest artist on cruise ships and continues to perform throughout Australia and overseas with his cabaret show LOUNGE WIZARD..

 

In 2002, 2004 and 2006 Ross toured Australia and the UK with The Bell Shakespeare Company in THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. The play was the opening production at The Bath Shakespeare Festival.

 

Ross presented LOUNGE WIZARD at the Castlemaine State Festival to great aclaim and wrote, directed as well as performed in "IT'S MAGIC, a Celebration of 100 Years of Magic in Australia" for the Australian Society of Magicians.

 

Ross coached Guy Pearce for his role as Houdini in the movie "DEATH DEFYING ACTS" and was magic consultant to the Sydney Theatre Company's production of TRAVESTIES.  For the past 3 years he was resident illusionist at The Magic Mansion, a venue for the presentation of magic and illusion. In 2009 Ross played featured roles in the movies VANISHED and WISH. He is currently working on a show about mind-reading and mentalism.


 
 
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