Paranormal sceptic, prankster, lounge wizard, snake-oil seller
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Paul Zenon, the original Fun Loving Criminal (other aliases include ‘King Con’ and ‘The Sultan of Swindle’!) is the UK’s leading comedy magician, with dozens of TV credits to his name including three recent hour-long one-man ‘street magic’ specials screened by Channel 4. Paul has appeared in around thirty countries and in every conceivable location; from the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas to the hold of an aircraft carrier in the Adriatic, from the London Palladium to a clearing in the jungles of Belize, and from The Magic Castle in Hollywood to the back of a truck in a Bosnian war zone.
Paul has always had a devious streak. He was eight years old when he pulled off his first sting, selling raffle tickets to the residents of his street and inventing a fictional lucky winner to avoid having to award the non-existent prize. As a teenager, he travelled around the Mediterranean earning his living through similarly suspect practices, the more respectable of which included performing as a street magician and fire-eater and telling the fortunes of tourists (“I can see that you will be travelling in the near future…” etc.). On his return, Paul spent a short spell as a casino croupier before returning to his vocation of trickster and comedian, serving his apprenticeship in summer seasons in Blackpool and Jersey (or ‘Club 80 to Dead’ as it was known), cruise ships, continental holiday hotels and numerous tours of British and United Nations military bases in Germany, Belize, Gibraltar, the Falkland and Ascension Islands, Croatia and Bosnia. In the early Nineties, Paul presented four series for the BBC (Tricky Business and Tricks ‘n’ Tracks), produced and presented Magic You Can Do, a teach-yourself retail release video tape, and was the creator and Associate Producer of Crazy Cottage, a children’s television game-show which reached number one in the ratings in each of its three series on the ITV network.
For over fifteen years Paul has specialised in corporate entertainment, presenting and performing at conferences and events worldwide, as well as being a favourite on the comedy club circuit. His client list is littered with Blue Chip companies and his style and material are fresh, original and contemporary One of his major strengths is his ability to gauge an audience and adapt accordingly: not many performers receive a standing ovation at the Comedy Store and the Savoy in the same evening!
“We have used Paul many times – he is always excellent, very good value, an all-round entertainer and brilliant at presenting awards.” Pfizer Premier Performance Group Awards
“Thanks so much for the show; response was excellent as always. Look forward to the next one.” The Property Awards - Grosvenor House London
“Brilliant tricks – even better patter.” Time Out