Thursday, December 29, 2011

Keith Barry on TED - A 20 min. Lecture

This post was originally published in 2009 on the 'Magic Bullets from the Magic Roadshow' blog. Because of it's popularity, I'm going to re-publish it here...

As Arthur C. Clarke said, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Think of Keith Barry as an elite software engineer of the human brain. Featured with specials on both MTV and CBS, Keith also starred in Close Encounters with Keith Barry, a European TV series with aired in 28 countries.

Barry's repertoire ranges from the outright stunt -- driving a car at full speed blindfolded -- to mind control, mindreading, and hypnosis. The Irish magician's style has made him an extremely popular performer worldwide, both in live shows and on his European television series. (Wish we could get it here in the states)

"Mr. Barry is not content merely to perform sleights of hand; he wants his audiences to know how deeply he embraces risk, how very life-affirming careering toward the canyon of eternity can be."
New York Times

Enjoy this video, courtesy of TED and the Magic Roadshow..

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Color Changing Deck Effect

Another nice effect from Cardtrickteacher.... This one involves a color changing deck and then a surprise color clange to end the effect. All you need to perform this effect is a red backed and a blue backed card glued together to create a red/blue backed gaff card. Easy and impressive...