Keith Barry brings deadly sins to Newbridge

One of the world’s top entertainers will perform in Newbridge this Sunday as mentalist, hypnotist and illusionist Keith Barry brings his 8 Deadly Sins show to the Keadeen Hotel, as part of the show’s final tour.

One of the world’s top entertainers will perform in Newbridge this Sunday as mentalist, hypnotist and illusionist Keith Barry brings his 8 Deadly Sins show to the Keadeen Hotel, as part of the show’s final tour.

The Waterford man launched the show last July and he told the Leinster Leader it has “evolved” since then. “You always take bits out, you put new bits in – you get to play with it.”

One of the additions to the show was inspired by a tv show he did for TV3, in which he helped cure people of their phobias. Before and after the show aired, he says he got thousands of requests from people wanting help.

“The only way I can readdress the fact that so many people want help out there is to do it in the context of a live show so I take about five minutes within 8 Deadly Sins to teach people how they can reprogram their subconscious minds – not just about fears and phobias but in any moment of stress, anger, anxiety...”

And while the structure of the show might be more or less the same from one night to the next, the 35-year-old says every night is different.

“One night you’ll get a bunch of sceptics on stage, the next night you’ll get a bunch of believers. Some nights you’ll get somebody quite young and another night you might get a lot of people who are elderly. Over the course of the night maybe 40 or 50 people land on stage and because it is so random, it makes for a very interesting show.”

Despite having his own show in Vegas, he enjoys the more questioning nature of Irish audiences. “When you’re in Vegas people are quite happy to be entertained. I find Americans are much more open to just being fooled and not thinking too much about it. Whereas here there’s a certain level of scepticism that we have. I quite like that because I’m a sceptic and a cynic myself about all things paranormal.”

One of Keith’s favourite things about performing is helping people “escape from their everyday lives and to believe in mystery again”. He says technology has taken that sense away from people.

“It’s lovely to be able to go back to not being able to explain stuff. And also when you have somebody who’s ill or recently divorced – everybody’s got a problem – it’s lovely to see one or two thousand people get together laughing until their faces hurt and then being fooled badly as well. I live for those moments – giving people a couple of hours of escapism.”

Keith Barry performs his 8 Deadly Sins show at the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge at 8pm on Sunday, 9 September. Tickets at €30 are available on Ticketmaster.ie, or from the box office on 045-879297 (Naas) or 045-432915 (Newbridge)

- Liam Godinho