Aside from his theatrical bookings which could be anywhere from New York to Las Vegas, Eli performs 10-20 shows a month in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. In November of 2010, Eli was voted Toledo's Top Talent beating out 23 other acts. In 2008, ABC featured Eli and his family on their hit show Wife Swap.
Eli's banquet show includes his newest award winning Dove Act. Much of Eli's 35 minute show is choreographed to music and involves loads of audience participation. For the birthday parties, Eli changes it up and includes a hilarious bunny production that kids love. Plus they get to pet "Snowball" after the show. Eli is also an accomplished juggler and balloon twister. A triple-treat for your guests!
One of magic’s youngest rising stars, fourteen year old, Eli Portala is no newcomer to the stages of magic. Eli has literally been performing since the age of three. At six years old, Eli took first place at Abbott’s magic convention and since then has been winning top prizes at competitions across the country. In 2006, at just 10 years old, Eli took first place at the IBM’s convention in Miami where his talents were also tapped to close the Gold Medal Show. Most recently, Eli became the first recipient of the Siegfried and Roy Tribute Award at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas. He was the youngest performer selected to compete at the 2010 SAM, and became the youngest ever winner of the senior stage competition at the 2010 Midwest Magic Jubilee. In spite of all this traveling to and from magic conventions across the country, Eli manages to perform approximately 20 shows a month in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. “I just love performing,” says Eli, and he will jump at any opportunity to do so. Eli’s 35 minute comedy-magic show is perfect for birthday parties, banquets, school assemblies, club events, you name it. His big show includes ten minutes of his second greatest passion – juggling. Balloon twisting and riding his unicycle round out Eli’s amazing entertainment repertoire.
Toledo’s Got Talent Winner 2010
Midwest Magic Jubilee Sr. Stage Winner
SAM Society of American Magicians Finalist 2010
World Magic Seminar Lance Burton Award of Excellence
World Magic Seminar Siegfried and Roy Tribute Award Winner
Abbott’s 1st Place Combined and People’s Choice 2009
Magi-Fest 1st Place 2009
IBM International Brotherhood of Magicians 1st Place 2006
IBM Gold Medal Finalist 2006
Lucas County Talent Contest 1st Place 2004
Magi-Fest 1st Place Junior 2003
Abbott’s 1st Place Junior 2002
Melissa Portala: Booking Agent
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 35 - 180 minutes
Highly interactive magic, comedy and juggling show. "Eli was awesome! He is a great entertainer and put on three wonderful performances at the Animas City Theatre! Each show is unique because he involves the audience and does such a fantastic job interacting with them! Hope he comes back next year!” Animas City Theater-Durango, Colorado
We bring everything that is needed.
Varies depending on venue. Please email for details.
2006: 60 gigs
2007: 60 gigs
2008: 60 gigs
2009: 90 gigs
2010: 150 gigs
2011: 150 gigs
2012: 150 gigs
2013: 150 gigs (so far)
Available for Your
Baby Shower, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Birthday Party, Club/Nightclub, Competition, Corporate Event, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Graduation, Halloween Party, Holiday Party, Launch Party, Prom, Wedding Reception