The Amazing Barry
In the beginning
Where did it all start? Believe it or not, at a magic show in a children's library when I was about 9 or 10 years old.
 
My philosophy of magic
Since my earliest days as a professional magician, I have concentrated on proving to adults that magic is not "just for children’s birthday parties". Too many television performances are dismissed by audiences as being camera/electronic trickery and/or paid stooges, which is often the correct explanation. I prefer to 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. I'm not interested in trying to fool other magicians and this attitude has resulted in me being able to impart my personality onto my tricks and ensure that my performanceis pure entertainment for my audience.  
Magic clubs and societies
While 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. I was the only member to simultaneously hold all three annual trophies presented by the club (stage magic, close-up magic and promotion of magical arts). Now, being based in Southend, I am a member of the Southend Sorcers Society
My magical friends
Whilst working in a ‘secret’ magic studio, I met many well known magicians including Billy McComb, Paul Daniels, Geoffrey Durham,Terry Seabrooke and Tommy Cooper. I 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". The studio produced audio and video tuition tapes for magicians and I assisted Terry Seabrooke in making a video that is still sought after today.
 
More than just a magician
I’m not just a magician and my performing abilities were used when I played one of the lead parts in the world premier of a play by Peter Whelan entitled ‘Shakespeare Country’.
My life in magic
The Amazing Barry
In the beginning
Where did it all start? Believe it or not, at a magic show in a children's library when I was about 9 or 10 years old.
 
My philosophy of magic
Since my earliest days as a professional magician, I have concentrated on proving to adults that magic is not "just for children’s birthday parties". Too many television performances are dismissed by audiences as being camera/electronic trickery and/or paid stooges, which is often the correct explanation. I prefer to 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. I'm not interested in trying to fool other magicians and this attitude has resulted in me being able to impart my personality onto my tricks and ensure that my performanceis pure entertainment for my audience.  
Magic clubs and societies
While 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. I was the only member to simultaneously hold all three annual trophies presented by the club (stage magic, close-up magic and promotion of magical arts). Now, being based in Southend, I am a member of the Southend Sorcers Society
My magical friends
Whilst working in a ‘secret’ magic studio, I met many well known magicians including Billy McComb, Paul Daniels, Geoffrey Durham,Terry Seabrooke and Tommy Cooper. I 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". The studio produced audio and video tuition tapes for magicians and I assisted Terry Seabrooke in making a video that is still sought after today.
 
More than just a magician
I’m not just a magician and my performing abilities were used when I played one of the lead parts in the world premier of a play by Peter Whelan entitled ‘Shakespeare Country’.
My life in magic