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Barron, Tornquist at Cottage Event Center

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013

A night of comedy to benefit the Huntington Free Health Clinic will feature not only the many voices of Impressionist Craig Tornquist but also a hilarious combination of amazement and mirth provided by Comic Magician Jim Barron. Billed as “All You Can Laugh for Ten Dollars,” the show will be presented on Friday, May 17 at The Cottage Event Center in Roanoke. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with illusionist Barron taking the stage at 7 p.m.

Barron cites Doug Henning and Harry Blackstone Jr. as influential to his personal style of prestidigitation. Among his more unusual feats are escaping a strait jacket at halftime of a Fort Wayne Freedom football game and correctly predicting the exact score of a Fort Wayne Wizards baseball game before the first pitch.

Besides his unique brand of comedy and magic, Barron has been a broadcaster for many years with radio stations such as WOWO and WAJI. He is currently a personality on Fort Wayne’s WBCL Radio morning broadcast along with Larry Bower and Phil Reaser. The trio were recently named the Spectrum Award winners by the Indiana Broadcasters Association for Best Morning Show Indiana. Bower is also president and star of Bower North Productions, who will perform a comedy mystery dinner theater performance at the Roanoke venue on New Year’s Eve.

Headlining the May 17 lineup is Comedian-Impressionist Craig Tornquist. A man of many voices, Tornquist will perform a family-friendly show featuring a variety of celebrity impersonations including Elvis, Kermit the Frog, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Sammy Davis Jr., Richard Simmons and George Burns. He has worked with such notable stars as Jay Leno, Lee Greenwood, Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons, Sinbad and The Lovin’ Spoonful. His act also includes lots of audience participation, plus an assortment of novelty songs like “I’m My Own Grandpa” and “Burger King of the Road.” Tornquist believes in the great humorist Victor Borge’s motto that “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

The beneficiary of the performance, the Huntington Free Health Clinic, provides area low income residents with a variety of health services including medications, blood screenings and dental care. They provide service every Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 530 Guilford Street, Huntington.