Thursday, August 23, 2018

Chaplin And Rocky

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.


  1. Oh my! I would be laughing till my jaw aches! I think we should have such shows here too!

  2. So much fun and look at the crowds!


  3. Hello, it does look like fun! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day!

  4. That must have been good to watch live

  5. It must take great concentration and good timing to fake a boxing match:)

  6. @Nancy: I was certainly laughing!

    @Janis: there was quite a crowd.

    @Eileen: you're welcome.

    @Bill: I enjoyed it.

    @Rosie: the other guy got it pretty fast- you do see him giving quick instructions, but they played it out well.

  7. Looks like it was great fun for everyone! :-)

  8. i want some boxing gloves like that, so cool!! i bet they are super cool to wear. lol! ( ;

  9. The crowd must have loved it!
    There seems to be a lot of spammers around this morning.

  10. The huge boxing gloves are a starter for hilarity. this guy has worked out a great routine.

  11. @DJan: it was!

    @Jennifer: I found it thoroughly enjoyable.

    @Janey: it was a blast.

    @Beth: I wonder how much they weigh.

    @RedPat: I've seen a couple of them.

    @Tom: it was such a laugh.

    @Red: he knows his stuff!

  12. Those are some giant boxing gloves he's wearing.

  13. What a great 'act' ~ Charlie Chaplinesque ~ love it!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

  14. So much fun! Loved the video, didn't the young boy play along brilliantly 😀

  15. What great entertainment …

    All the best Jan

  16. Very entertaining, I like those huge boxing gloves.

  17. @Sharon: they were indeed!

    @Carol: it was such fun.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Marie: he is.

    @Grace: he knows how to work with the audience!

    @Jan: I had quite a lot of fun.

    @Bill: they would stand out anywhere.

  18. I would have enjoyed watching this.

  19. Being hit by so big boxing gloves must be an experience!