Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Sunday, 24 June 2012 02:55

St. Lou Fringe Capsule: 'Almost Reality' by The Amazing Barry

Written by Chuck Lavazzi
Rate this item
(0 votes)

The Details

amazingbarry.com
amazingbarry.com

As some of you may know, I got my start in show biz in my teen years as a magician. I performed with a local variety troupe, joined the Society of American Magicians, and even got a trophy at an SAM convention for my comedy card act.

Most of that has fallen by the wayside over the years, but I have never lost my fascination with stage magic in general and sleight of hand in particular.

I point all this out so you’ll understand that when I say that The Amazing Barry is not only an entertaining performer but a solid technician as well, y’all know I’m not just setting off flash paper.

The Amazing Barry is an informal comedy magician in the Harry Anderson mode. His entire act fits into a small brief case which doubles as a table and relies heavily on card tricks, spiked with classics like the razor–blade swallowing effect made famous by Houdini—an illusion which continues to creep me out, even though I know it’s not as dangerous as it looks.

There are also a couple of stunts. One of them—inserting himself into a giant balloon and then doing a card trick—is apparently an Amazing Barry trademark. The other—walking on broken glass in bare feet—is an old carnival standby, but still as effective as hell. Sometimes you just can’t beat the classics.

The Amazing Barry’s “Almost Reality” is an all-ages show, which means you can bring the kids and know a fine time will be had by all. If you sit in the front two rows you might end up as an on-stage volunteer and get a kiss (Hershey’s variety) from Barry as a reward.

For more information on the St. Lou Fringe Festival, you may visit stlfringe.com.

Additional Info

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

Local Artist Spotlight


The Mound City Slickers

Mon August 4

KDHX Recommends

September
Friday
05

Art Outside

Art Outside is not an ordinary fair, but one that features art, music and plenty of food and drink from Schlafly Beer. Hosted at the brewery’s Bottleworks location in Maplewood, Missouri, Art Outside draws approximately 15,000...


September
Saturday
06

T&A (Tom Hall and Alice Spencer) at Harvest Sessions 2014

T&A (Tom Hall and Alice Spencer) at Harvest Sessions 2014 T&A is the acoustic duo of Tom Hall and Alice Spencer, veterans of the legendary Geyer Street Sheiks, and accomplished solo artists in their own right. Harvest Sessions is thrilled to welcome them for two sets of acoustic blues,...


September
Thursday
11

Discovery Series: The Mastersons

KDHX presents The Mastersons as part of the Discovery Series. Series passports can be bought online. shop.kdhx.org/products/discovery-series-passport   Filled with irresistible melodies, buoyant harmonies and stellar...


Online Users

4 users and 10195 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook