Joe Barry lectured at The SIM last night. A crowd of about 50 or so turned up to witness the amazing young man's work. Missed it? Fret not, SIM member Jamie Skelton fills you in...
"My head still hurts..." I think this is what the majority of Irish magicians said today as they woke up...and it was nothing to do with a few pints!!!
Last night, the SIM finished the year off with a bang! Rising card magic star, Joseph Barry, flew in yesterday to do a masterclass and to perform at our December Lecture. The master-class was nothing short of spectacular. Joe, who is such a genuine, nice , down to earth guy, showed us some of the most amazing, hard hitting card magic that we had ever seen.
His style is what makes his effects so believable and devastating. Joe is so laid back when performing, giving the impression that he's not doing anything and these miracles are just happening all on their own! If you took the styles of Lennart Green, Dani Daortiz and Ed Marlo, threw in a bit of Erdnase for good measure, and blended it all together, the result would be Joe Barry. Every effect he performed floored the most experienced and knowledgeable magicians among us, yet his methods were so simple, easy and clever, you ended up kicking yourself!
The lecture itself was fantastic and had a very intimate feel to it, with everyone sitting close to Joe while he was performing. Effect after effect fooled the audience badly and had everybody enjoying themselves. Joe himself is a great performer, with a very laid back, improv patter style. For his final piece, Joe performed perhaps the most impossible, amazing version of OUT OF THIS WORLD that I think most of us had ever seen. So incredible that it received a standing ovation from the crowd. Overall it was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all who attended. Hopefully we will meet Joe again in the future so he can melt our brains some more!"