Laughter and magic

A virtual full house was in attendance last Wednesday for the Holders Season’s Comedy Night at Holders House in St James.

Patrons paying rapt attention.
Full house at Comedy night.

Featured comics were Britons Tim Fitzhigham and Paul Zenon, and they had their appreciative audience in stitches.

Zenon’s act was a mix of side-splitting comedy and magical illusions with his conversation-style delivery punctuated with witticisms enhancing his act. He utilized several props –– from a washcloth that seemed to never run out of water to a dagger that seemingly cut a hole through the expensive jacket of a patron when it hadn’t.

Paul Zenon using a member of the audience during this illusion.
Paul Zenon using a member of the audience during this illusion.

One particular trick that left many dumbfounded was when he filled a glass with beer, perched it loosely on a suspended triangle, and swung the contraption over the heads of the audience without spilling a drip of beer or dropping the glass. And to complete the illusion afterwards, he drank the beer.

Zenon is a gold star member of the Inner Magic Circle which is recognized as one of the highest awards in the world for a magician.

This fan showing his jacket in good condition after Paul Zenon (right) had knifed it moments before.
This fan showing his jacket in good condition after Paul Zenon (right) had knifed it moments before.

Fitzhigham brought a different flair to the comedic act with an exploration of a number of improbable bets which he had made while in his homeland. He projected them as some of the greatest bets in history and brought projector and canvas to share the moments with his audience.

Tim Fitzhigham during his comic routine.
Tim Fitzhigham during his comic routine.

One delightful tale was his rowing of the English Channel in a bath. Since he couldn’t use a ship, the bath was the next best bet. He regaled those present witht the hilarious manner in which he went about getting permission from British authorities to go bath-sailing.

Fitzhigham is a Perrier-nominated, multi-award winning comedian, historian, film-maker and author.

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