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Paul Zenon

Paul Zenon is Britain’s leading magician – and funny with it. He has performed in around thirty countries in every conceivable location, from the London Palladium to the jungles of Belize, from the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas to an aircraft carrier in the Adriatic, and from the Comedy Store to the back of a truck in a Bosnian war zone.

He has literally hundreds of television appearances to his name including three top-rating hour-long one-man specials on Channel 4 and one on ITV. Paul is probably the UK’s busiest stand-up corporate entertainer, performing after-dinner entertainment, link-presenting and hosting awards ceremonies at events worldwide. In the last year alone he has appeared in Paris, Cannes, Nice, Monte Carlo, Dubai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Manila, Mauritius and Tokyo.

Paul’s TV ‘street magic’ shows Turning Tricks, Tricky Christmas and Trick or Treat have been screened worldwide and are amongst Channel 4′s highest-ever rating specials. Other recent TV appearances have included White Magic with Paul Zenon (self-produced one-hour one-man special, ITV), Magic (2 episodes, BBC2), Crafty Tricks of War (BBC2), Countdown (special guest, 10 episodes, C4), Are You Telepathic? (C5), The Chris Moyles Show (4 appearances, C5 and Radio 1), Crime Team (C4) It Shouldn’t Happen to a TV Performer (ITV), World’s 50 Greatest Magic Tricks (C4), Greatest Magic Tricks in the Universe…Ever (series, C5), Best Ever Magic Tricks (ITV), Secret History – Magic at War (C4), Jane Goldman Investigates (Living), The Test (ITV), Ready Steady Cook (BBC), Richard and Judy (C4), Terry and Gaby (3 episodes, C5), RI:SE (C5), Live Floor Show (BBC), Loose Lips (Living), Good Food Live (2 episodes, UK Food), Stupid Punts (BBC), The Wright Stuff (2 episodes, C5) and This Morning (2 episodes, ITV). Paul recently hosted twenty-two hour-long episodes of Worst Case Scenario on Bravo.

Paul has spent a lifetime dedicated to deceit. He pulled off his first sting aged just eight, selling fake raffle tickets to the residents of his street for a non-existent prize. As a teenager he worked in a Blackpool joke shop before setting off to travel the Mediterranean as a street magician, fire-eater and phoney fortune-teller.

After a short spell as a casino croupier in Scandinavia he was fired for cheating and returned to the UK where he began performing in summer shows and comedy clubs. He went on to host tours for the British and U.S. Forces in locations as far afield as Belize, Bosnia, Croatia, Germany, Gibraltar and the Falkland and Ascension Islands.

In the early Nineties Paul presented four series of children’s programmes – Tricky Business and Tricks ‘n’ Tracks – on BBC1, produced and presented Magic You Can Do, a retail-release teach-yourself videotape, and he was the creator, writer and associate producer of Crazy Cottage, an ITV game show which reached number one in the ratings in each of its three series.

In recent years, in addition to his corporate and TV work, Paul has appeared in Australia, Dubai, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Philippines, Spain, Sweden and the United States, had sell-out runs at the Edinburgh and Brighton Festivals, and toured the UK to rave reviews with a one-man show Paul Zenon – Off the Street, On the Road. For three years he was the resident in-flight video presenter for Britannia Airways.

Quotes:

A Natural Star.” – The Times

His deceptive self-deprecation belies the incentive precision of his stunts and the sharpness of his warm wit..seeing will be believing.” – The Guardian

One of Britain’s best kept secrets….in severe danger of making magic hip” – Sunday Business

What a show!” – The Scotsman

Brilliant tricks, even better patter” – Time Out

A contemporary master of his art” – The Times

Swarthy and charismatic” – The Guardian

The antithesis of the naff magician: he’s fast, the’s fresh, he’s funny as hell and he’s going to be massive.” – Comedy Review
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Paul has acted as magic and comedyconsultant on numerous TV shows including Crafty Tricks of War (BBC), Secret History – Magic at War (C4), Child of Our Time (BBC), Give Your Mate a Break (ITV), Crazy Cottage (ITV) The Test (ITV) and Eurotrash (C4). A number of effects created by Paul have been featured (without permission!) by American magician David Blaine in his TV specials.

Paul is an experienced pundit and dedicated skeptic with regard to matters ‘paranormal’ (ghosts, astrology, crop circles, UFOs, psychics, faith healing, etc, etc), voicing his informed opinions on programmes such as Are You Telepathic? (C5), Crimeteam (C4), Jane Goldman Investigates (Living), Earth and Space (Now) and Livewire (Carlton). He is also a leading expert on the subject of scams and conmen, appearing on This Morning (ITV), Terry and Gabby (C5) and Hard Cash (Cons R Us Special, BBC). Paul is the author of the best-seller One Hundred Ways to Win a Tenner, Paul Zenon’s Dirty Tricks and Street Magic (see above).

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