Brief intro. of KEITH BARRY
Barry’s television career began with a series entitled Close Encounters with Keith Barry, which ran from 2003-2005. The show originally aired in Europe and has since aired in 28 countries worldwide.
In 2004, Barry performed in an MTV television special entitled Brainwashed. 2005 ended with Barry performing a live Christmas special in Europe. Keith Barry Live With Friends featured various celebrities such as magician Billy McComb, Jim Corr of The Corrs, and The Conway Sisters.
Barry's success throughout Europe coupled with his MTV special led to a four year multi-special deal with CBS. His first special with CBS debuted on 12 May 2006 and was entitled Keith Barry: Extraordinary. The special later aired on New Year's Eve 2006 on The CW and on New Year’s Day 2007 on TV3 in New Zealand and the Arena channel in Australia.
In the Keith Barry: Extraordinary special, he performed various pieces of illusion and interesting mental feats. In one trick, which he referred to as "Black Ops Hypnosis", he made a host from Entertainment Tonight forget that he had torn a specific page from a book and sealed it in an envelope in the span of roughly five minutes. In another, he made a blindfolded man lift his arm when he thought others stopped touching him. Barry first used suggestion to make the man "concentrate" and lied that he was touching the man. The man imagined the touch and lifted his arm, but Barry and another member of the audience only moved their hand afar.
Following a successful Irish tour along with a week in Dublin's Vicar Street, Keith and his longtime manager Eamonn Maguire were badly injured in a horrific car crash on the Belfast to Newry road on 1 March 2007. Keith suffered severe trauma to his left leg and only returned to the stage later the same year at Vicar Street.
2011 has been an exciting year to date for Keith. He shot his new Discovery Channel series "Deception with Keith Barry" in LA and it premiered on Discovery USA on May 31st 2011. New episodes premiered on June 1st, June 8th and June 15th. The shows are now starting to air internationally. Also in July 2011, after the huge success of Keith's Asylum live show which closed in May 2011 having done 83 shows in Ireland, his brand new show "8 DEADLY SINS" set a box office record in the Olympia Theatre in July and August 2011. His new national tour of 8 DEADLY SINS starts on Jan 1st 2012 and runs up to Feb 26th.
Back in 2010, the pilot of Keith's TV show “DECEPTION with KEITH BARRY” aired on July 14th in the US on THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL and did so well in the ratings that it was picked up for a series which began production in Oct. Jan 2010 also saw the launch of Keith’s live show “The Asylum” which went on to sell out 35 shows and along with an unprecedented 20-night run at The Olympia in July. This was his most outrageous, controversial and damn right funniest show ever and has been hailed by the critics as his best live work to date.
In 2009, Keith was awarded the prestigious Merlin Award for "Mentalist of the Year 2009" from the International Magicians Society. The Merlin Award is to magic what the Oscars are to movies with past winners of the Merlin Award being David Copperfield and Siegfreid & Roy. 2009 also saw Keith gaining the title “Best Magician in Las Vegas 2009” as voted for by the Las Vegas Review Journal show critics after he finished up an impressive 5 week residency at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino to rave reviews.
On Dec 29th, 2007 Keith had his first UK Primetime ITV 1 show “Keith Barry – The Escape Live”. Keith has appeared numerous times on The Ellen Show, The Jimmy Kimmel show and Sharon Osbourne and in the US and also on the Paul O’Grady Show in the UK.
Going back to 2006, after just one viewing of his live stageshow in LA, CBS offered Keith his own US TV Special “Keith Barry – Extraordinary”. This was CBS’s first magic special in over 15 years and followed on from the success of Keith’s MTV show “Brainwashed”.
Keith has now starred in over 40 international tv shows and they have been shown in over 110 countries around the world making Keith truly an international name and his star is still rising.
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