Ed Alonzo, with his wonderful Groucho Marx eyebrows, Harold Lloyd Glasses, topped by his signature explosive hairstyle, is easily recognized as one of the country’s foremost comedy magicians.
Ed Alonzo career has led him to Command Performances in London, multiyear headline contracts in Las Vegas, and countless US and International Television appearances.
While in his teens, he became one of the youngest comedy/magicians ever to perform at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Ed Alonzo went on to win the coveted STAGE MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR for two consecutive years, COMEDY MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR for another two consecutive years and in 2010 Ed was named “Magician of the Year”, all from the internationally recognized Academy of Magical Arts. Ed is also the recipient of three WORLD MAGIC AWARDS presented to him on MY-network TV award shows.
Ed is often recognized as the series regular, Max – the owner of the diner, from the hit sit-com “Saved by the Bell”, and the costar on “XUXA”, the CBS Saturday Morning program. His numerous television appearances include NBC’s Las Vegas, ABC’s Full House, the CBS comedy Murphy Brown where he became one of the infamous secretaries in a guest-star role. In addition, Ed has appeared on over 100 major television variety and talk shows like The Ellen Degeneres show, Top Chef Masters, Cup Cake Wars, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, E true Hollywood Story, Americas Next Top Model, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Masters of Illusion and more.
In 2009 Ed toured the world with pop star Britney Spears, performing in a magic production number with Miss Spears playing the role of magicians assistant. That same year Ed was hired by and met with Michael Jackson to create the illusions for his O2 London concert “This Is It”.
In 2013 Britney Spears asked Ed to create a magic production number for her new Las Vegas show “All Eyes On Me”, Ed also developed magic and illusions for pop stars Katy Perry for her EMA 2014 performance and magician David Blaine for the Nickelodeon 2014 Kids choice awards.
Nels Ross is a performer, speaker, and “Chief Executive Oddball” of In Jest Inc. (www.injest.com). Working solo and with others, he has thrilled audiences throughout the United States, as well as from Australia to Bermuda and Canada to Mexico.
His diverse background includes: studying mathematics, education, and theater at the University at Buffalo; touring with a nonprofit circus; training with instructors from Broadway and Cirque du Soleil; teaching juggling and life skills workshops; and performing and speaking for companies and conferences as well as schools, ministries, and other nonprofits.
Starting at eight years old, Nels pursued interests in physical comedy, juggling, acting, and other arts, applying his talents everywhere from street festivals to theatrical productions. His mother actually encouraged him. That’s not surprising when you consider she was a mime and fire eater among other things.
Upon completing degrees in mathematics and education, Nels took the next logical step and became a “fool-time” performer and speaker in 1996. Despite his confessed lack of business acumen, Nels maintains a busy schedule and considers himself blessed: “Somehow I manage to pay my bills and feed my kids at least once a week.” He credits faith and hard work, along with supportive family and friends, and strives to pay it forward.
Having made a vow to practice joy on the path of service, Nels keeps working toward a world where people everywhere enjoy life and do good. “Too many suffer from terminal seriousness,” he quips. Thus, armed with his contagious sense of humor and playfulness, he continues to defy gravity by helping others “live, laugh, love, and learn… wholeheartedly.”
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