Tuesday, 06 April 2010 23:31
IF you want to describe Keith Barry's latest touring success, The Asylum, you could do worse that take his own words as a starting point: "It's the craziest, edgiest show I've had to date."
There's a lot going on in The Asylum – hypnosis, mind control – and Keith believes it's 'darker' and 'more bizarre' than anything he's done before.
That's saying something.
"It will be mind-blowing," he promises.
It's a far cry from when he first developed an interest in magic, at five or six years old, thanks to a Paul Daniels magic set he was presented with.
But what really piqued his interest in the magic was a book he purchased while on a school tour of Edinburgh aged 14. It was entitled Magic For The Complete Klutz.
"My interest snowballed from there," Keith explains, "and I always wanted to make a career of it, but I also always thought I'd never do it full-time if I had to do just kids' parties."