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The Amazing Barry

Bizarrist and magician


In the beginning Where did it all start? Believe it or not, at a magic show in a local children's library when I was about 9 or 10 years old. My teachers at primary school even saw this and one year my prize for being top in class was a book of magic tricks! I even have (and occasionally use) a close-up version of one of the classic tricks performed by that magician. My philosophy of magicSince my earliest days as a professional magician, I have concentrated on proving to adults that magic is not just for children's birthday parties. I believe that too many television performances are dismissed by audiences as being camera and electronic trickery and paid stooges, which is often the correct explanation. All these explanations are useless when I perform a miracle inches away from the audience using an item borrowed from a spectator or with something which can be freely examined before and after the trick.   Unlike many magicians, I have not fallen into the trap of trying to impress other magicians with fantastic sleight-of-hand when the same effect can be accomplished by a much simpler technique. This has resulted in me being able to impart my personality onto the tricks and ensure that my performance is pure entertainment for my audience.  Magic clubs and societiesWhile living in London, I passed the entrance examination for the world famous 'Magic Circle'. I also joined the 'Grand Order Of Wizardry' and was elected as Secretary for the club. I was the only member to win all three annual trophies presented by the club simultaneously (stage magic, close-up magic and promotion of magical arts). My magical friendsWhilst working in a 'secret' magic studio, I met many well known magicians including Billy McComb, Paul Daniels, Geoffrey Durham and Tommy Cooper and even had the honour of teaching Tommy to do a trick. Needless to say, Tommy never quite got it right and every visit to the studio resulted in a request to "show me that thing with the ropes again". During this time I assisted top professional magician Terry Seabrooke in making a very popular tuition video for other magicians. On visits to Las Vegas I befriended many famous performers including Siegfried and Roy - who invited me backstage on every occasion, Mac King - the presenter of the television series 'Worlds Greatest Magic', Rick Thomas - Illusionist and Dixie Dooley – Houdini tribute escapologist.  Some of the places I have workedI have performed at many top London restaurants, bars and night clubs as well as similar venues throuhgout the UK. My Corporate work has been at Trade Shows and Exhibitions

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    Barry Harvey

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