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Seventh grader and National Award Winner Eli Portala has set the magic world on fire with an astounding magical routine that encompasses silks, canes and even a girl production all while tap dancing to classic Broadway melodies. In August of 2002, Eli captured first place in the prestigious competition at the world famous Abbott’s Magic Get-Together in Colon MI. Abbott’s was founded in the 1920’s by Harry Blackstone Sr., and is considered the magic capital of the world. At 6 years old, Eli is by far the youngest competitor ever to take first place in America’s longest running annual magic competition. In February, 2003, Eli again captured 1st place and garnered rave reviews at Magi-Fest, the Mid-West’s largest annual magic convention.

Eli began performing magic when he was just 18 months old. By the time he turned three, he was performing on stage with his father, magician Andrew Martin. Since winning Abbott’s, Eli has performed with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra twice, shot a television pilot, entertained at numerous schools and charity events, and shared the stage with magic stars from around the country.



Eli will be the world's next great magician. You''ll be hearing many great things about this young man. John Calvert

The future of magic is in capable hands! Jeff McBride

You’re wonderful. You connect with the audience better than most adults.
I look forward to watching you through the years.
Joan Ceasar, Judge Magi-Fest, Columbus Ohio

Darling Act! Excellent, Excellent!
Marcia Carr, Judge Magi-Fest, Columbus Ohio

Great smile and stage presence...loved your energy!
Sue Holstein, Judge Abbott’s Magic Get-Together Colon, Michigan

Dear Eli, Thanks for performing at our Block Party. You were fantastic!!
Thanks again,
The Foxhill Lane, Block Party Gang


Awards and Performance Highlights

Midwest Magic Jubilee, Senior Stage Contest, 2010

Society of American Magician, 2010 Finalist

World Magic Seminar Lance Burton Award of Excellence 2010

World Magic Seminar Siegfried and Roy Tribute Award Winner 2010

Abbott's 1st Place and People's Choice 2009

Magi-Fest 1st Place 2009

IBM International Brotherhood of Magicians 1st Place 2006

Lucas County Talent Contest 1st Place 2004

Magi-Fest 1st Place Junior 2003

Abbott’s 1st Place Junior 2002


World Magic Seminar 2010

Magi-Fest Headliner 2010

ABC's Wife Swap 2008

IBM Gold Medal Show, MIami,July 2006

Matinee Headliner Show Abbott’s August 2002
Music Under the Stars with Toledo Symphony Orchestra August 2002
Maumee Bay State Park with Toledo Symphony Orchestra, August 2002
Heart of Hope Telethon, Bedford, MI, November 2002
Ginger Bread Festival Toledo Ohio, November 2002
Ohio Theatre, December 2002
Real Talent TV Pilot January 2003

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• Eli with John Calvert
• Eli with Jeff McBride
• Eli with Ali Bongo
• Eli with Norm Nielson
• Eli at Abbotts
• In Houdini's milk can