Fraser Hooper is a busker from New Zealand, and he regularly appeared during Buskerfest. I caught his last solo show on the Monday- the finale show took place at this location when he was finished, so we'll start looking at that tomorrow. His act borrows a bit from Chaplin- the walk, the Chaplinesque hanging around with a kid early in the act- have a look at this video I did from earlier on in the set. As the act progressed, he had one kid pitted in a tug of war with four adults.
He then moved into the finale of his act, assigning the woman in the above shot to handle the sound effects- ring bells and the sound of boxing gloves- while having two of the men serve as ring posts, holding up the ropes for a boxing ring. The last guy would be holding up a punching bag. In the form of a balloon.
The punching bag bit progressed into flared tempers for Fraser.
And then into a hilarious boxing match. The first half of it featured Rocky music as a backdrop; check out my video of it here. The music changed for the second half- the main theme of Chariots Of Fire by Vangelis, and the two opponents moved in slow motion, trading punches and resting in between rounds. On the knees of the guys serving as ring posts, who were occasionally in the line of fisticuffs.
And then there was the knockout.
The crowd was in an uproar of laughter. This boxing match, albeit a fake one, was a showstopper of hilarity.