Keith Barry

Illusionist and Chief Magic and Mentalism Consultant on Now You See Me 2

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON May 23, 2016

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KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
Hi, I'm Keith Barry, world renowned mentalist, hypnotist and magician. I served as the Chief Magic and Mentalism Consultant on the new movie Now You See Me 2, training the cast and designing the illusions seen in the film. I'm excited to be here -- ask me anything!
Sofia Maradiaga@smaradiaga · Freelancer
What mentalism tircks would you recommend to marketers? Any insights for consumer behavior? :) Thanks!
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
What's your take on (self) hypnosis and NLP to become better at achieving personal or professional goals?
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@tomstocklein I use self hypnosis all the time for pain management and for going to sleep. It can also work to achieve any desired outcome or goal.
Jenna Nicole@jenna_f
What are the differences when it comes to designing illusions for a stage performance vs for a film?
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@jenna_f The process is very similar. Although I guess I have more creative leeway with a movie than real life. In real life of course, you have to make sure the demonstrations are angle proof and work 100% of the time. In movie world, we always have the option of doing a second or third take if something goes wrong
Mina Harrker@mina_harrker
@keithpbarry what do you like the most hypnosis or mindreading?
Salome Dewasmes@emolas · Nope
Did you ever fail one of your tricks?If yes what did you do and what was the reaction of the public?
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@emolas Yes, it's up on YouTube for all to see. I was performing an escape which went wrong where I was tied with 100 foot of rope and my head was wrapped in plastic wrap. I basically couldn't escape and passed out on stage.
Salome Dewasmes@emolas · Nope
@keithpbarry yeah i already so it..freaky.
Rachel Ross@nycteris · Jr Web Developer
Did you have a mentor when you were learning magic? If so, who was it?
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@nycteris I had two mentors. Doc Shiels who is responsible for creating the myth of the Lochness Monster and also Tony Sadar who is Ireland's greatest Hypnotist.
WoanVersace@woanversace · Developer
It's magic or just a trick? Do you believe in magic?
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@woanversace The real magic for me is the power of in the subconscience and the untapped abilities that we have there. I am fascinated and obsessed exploring these untapped abilities. Not just myself but in other people - that for me is real magic and of course there's always room for tricks too!
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Community and Marketing, Product Hunt
Are the illusions in the films based on acts that you have performed? Without cameras and special effects, are all of them possible to perform?
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@ems_hodge Yes. There are a number of scenes which use variations of tricks that I have done in real life. There is a scene with Dave Franco and three large cards - keep you eye out for that one.
Barry Bucks@barry_bucks · mm
Hi! I admire your work, it's really impressive and never stops to amaze! but my Q is not about it though:') The Q: Will we see Daniel Radcliffe and Jay Chou in one same scene? it's very important
Jake Crump@jakecrump · Community Team with Product Hunt
Does anyone react badly to being hypnotised?
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@jakecrump Yes. In hypnosis some people have what we call a abreaction. An abreaction is an abnormal reaction to hypnosis, which in extreme cases can result in someone having a seizure.
Ayrton De Craene@ayrton · Code @ Product Hunt
What’s the secret to brainhacking? And equally important, did you really read Morgan Freeman’s mind? 😏
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@ayrton The secret to brain hacking will remain a secret. :) Yes, I read Morgan Freeman's mind and told him about a childhood friend he hadn't thought about in 50 years called Boo Boo
PVR Pictures@picturespvr
Have you genuinely hypnotized anyone on the sets of Now You See Me 2?
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@picturespvr Not on set but a few years back I did put Lindsay Lohan in a waking trance. You can check it out on YouTube.
Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
What’s the most dangerous illusion you’ve performed?
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@jacqvon Driving a car blindfolded at 90 miles per hour with Nicole Scherzinger on a cliff road. You can check it out on YouTube.
FOLLOW ME NASH@sweetsfornash · Natasha
Hi Keith! Do you believe in magic?
JB@jay_bee12345 · Founder
I would personally use your amazing skill set to win poker competitions and donate all (if not most) the proceeds to charities. Have you done this or do you plan to do this?
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@jay_bee12345 Great idea! The problem is, I can't find anyone who is willing to play poker with me.
Deirdre S.@_deirdre
Which cast member had the most natural ability for magic?
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@_deirdre They're all amazing actors with amazing abilities but I would have to say the most naturally gifted is Dave Franco. He is amazing with a deck of cards.
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
What are your favorite books on mentalism, hypnosis and magic?
João Lobo@joao_lobo · amateur magician
how did jesse disappear falling in water on the trailer?
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@joao_lobo Was it a trap door? Was it an illusion? Or was it movie magic? You decide.
Soňa Křenařová@sona_krenarova
Hello Keith Barry! I greatly admire your work ... I recently watched your show. It dealt mainly regression and it made me think about the fact that in today's world it is very difficult to be a mentalist. You deserve more than a round of applause ! To work with the subconscious human , emotions and psyche, it is necessary to have knowledge as a psychologist ... Like a good psychologist ! Even human energy are important...So I would like to ask you, do you have any experience with its own "past life"?
PVR Pictures@picturespvr
We will have the release of Now You See Me 2 in Indian cinemas on the 17th of June. We had a couple of questions we’d like you to answer. What is the most memorable hypnosis story you have with the Now You See Me 2 crew?