Magician Keith Barry gets big space in Leanne Moore’s Showbiz Roundup – a must read for Irish entertainment fans.
Mr. Barry is back in his home country after walking the red carpet with David Copperfield at the premiere of Now You See Me. Mr. Barry served as chief hypnotism and magic consultant for Woody Harrelson and the film’s writers.
We hear the movie is a “magic-based heist movie” — a genre we would like to see expand — and Mr. Barry dedicated more than six months to help the team “a very real edge to the film.”
Mr. Barry will begin his 12-night run of The Dark Side at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre starting on July 10th. We initially thought the title referred to toast but apparently it is tied into magic and mystery rather than irregularly heated slices of bread. Good choice, Mr. Barry. According to a study we just made up, there are far more people who will pay to see magic and mystery than toast.
We asked a random sample of passers-by outside the Inside Magic editorial offices here in Mystic Hollow, Michigan. Fortunately, the folks in this town know magic and magicians. The question would make no sense otherwise.
Two of the twelve thought he should take over for Criss Angel in Las Vegas. They were all of the opinion that Criss Angel has too much going on and that he needed to have a steady guest star.
A woman who describes herself as Criss Angel’s Number One Fan said she has seen the show five times and is not sure the Mindfreak Magician can keep it up. “It is not an easy show to do and he’s got a lot going on so something is going to have to give.”
She knew of Keith Barry from his incredible television series here in the US. on the Discovery Channel. She raved about his work in the police station (the fourth episode titled “Cops and Robbers“).
One woman thought Keith Barry should perform at Victoria and Albert Hall in London. She said the believed it was the equivalent of our Carnegie Hall. Her friend corrected her that it was actually called The Royal Albert Hall and was built by his widow, Victoria. Regardless, the first woman maintained, Mr. Barry would be perfect for such a “dignified setting.”
There were a smattering of non-statistically significant suggestions that we have left out.
The International Magicians Society gave him the coveted Merlin Award as Mentalist of the Year, he had a great run at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, signed a four-year multi-special deal with CBS, and is getting ready for his newest tour.
How hot is Keith Barry today?
So hot that The Ulster Herald covered the performer’s decision to visit Omagh, in Northern Ireland.
We see that kind rarely; very rarely.
In fact David Copperfield seems to be the only other magician who get favorable press just for announcing a particular town or venue is on his upcoming show schedule.
The Herald explains that since winning the Merlin, “demand for Keith’s performances have gone through the roof, resulting in many more dates being added all over Ireland in September.”
Dublin radio station asking listeners to prove they deserve to experience the cure.
“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time because with some very clever thinking we can get rid of this terror they have, whether it’s of flying, or spiders, or whatever else,” Mr. Barry told The Evening Herald.