KEITH BARRY

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
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
Sofia Maradiaga@smaradiaga · Freelancer
What mentalism tircks would you recommend to marketers? Any insights for consumer behavior? :) Thanks!
Thomas Stöcklein
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
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 Nicole@jenna_f
What are the differences when it comes to designing illusions for a stage performance vs for a film?
KEITH BARRY
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@mina_harrker
@keithpbarry what do you like the most hypnosis or mindreading?
Salome Dewasmes
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
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
Salome Dewasmes@emolas · Nope
@keithpbarry yeah i already so it..freaky.
Rachel Ross
Rachel Ross@nycteris · Jr Web Developer
Did you have a mentor when you were learning magic? If so, who was it?
KEITH BARRY
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@woanversace · Developer
It's magic or just a trick? Do you believe in magic?
KEITH BARRY
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 Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ 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
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@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
Jake Crump@jakecrump · Community Team with Product Hunt
Does anyone react badly to being hypnotised?
KEITH BARRY
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 De Craene@ayrton · Code @ Clearbit
What’s the secret to brainhacking? And equally important, did you really read Morgan Freeman’s mind? 😏
KEITH BARRY
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
PVR Pictures@picturespvr
Have you genuinely hypnotized anyone on the sets of Now You See Me 2?
KEITH BARRY
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
Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
What’s the most dangerous illusion you’ve performed?
KEITH BARRY
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
FOLLOW ME NASH@sweetsfornash · Natasha
Hi Keith! Do you believe in magic?
JB
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
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 S.@_deirdre
Which cast member had the most natural ability for magic?
KEITH BARRY
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
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
What are your favorite books on mentalism, hypnosis and magic?
João Lobo
João Lobo@joao_lobo · amateur magician
how did jesse disappear falling in water on the trailer?
KEITH BARRY
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
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
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?
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hi Keith. Thanks for being here today. Other than entertainment, do you use your brain hacking skills for other uses?
KEITH BARRY
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@ems_hodge Yes. But if I said what I used it for, I'd be arrested.
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
Salome Dewasmes
Salome Dewasmes@emolas · Nope
Do you think it's possible to hypnotize a person who speaks an other language? By the way kiss from France
KEITH BARRY
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@emolas Absolutely in some cases you can actually hypnotize people using no words at all. Also, for hypnotherapy I have used translators to hypnotize people in other countries.
EVO2GO
EVO2GO@rhondawalton1 · President
@emolas Yep, If the person wants a kiss from France and trust the process:-)
What books/dvds that teach mentalism would you recommend me?
Deirdre S.
Deirdre S.@_deirdre
What are some of the best representations of magic and magicians you've seen in other movies?
KEITH BARRY
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@_deirdre Edward Norton was amazing in The Illusionist. I would say The Illusionist (other than NOW YOU SEE ME) is my second favorite magic movie.
Alex Panagis
Alex Panagis@alexjpanagis
If you would have to pick one of the movies, which would you prefer: Now You See me 1, or 2. And why?
KEITH BARRY
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@tpbtv Now You See Me 2 - I think it's bigger, better, and a ton of fun.
Neel Kadia
Neel Kadia@neelkadia · Design Intern @Adobe
For a programmer, How can I start expressing my ideas via the Illustrator?
KEITH BARRY
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@neelkadia Use the power of the mind to send messages psychically to your computer.
Salome Dewasmes
Salome Dewasmes@emolas · Nope
Perhaps will you do a live to hypnotize people over facebook?Should be funny!
KEITH BARRY
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@emolas I have hypnotized people through the TV screen before in the comfort of their own home. I have never done it through Facebook Live but think it's a great idea - I might do it soon.
Cassie Poynter
Cassie Poynter@cassap_94 · Student/Teacher
Are you going to be doing a premiere in Australia?
Rachel Ross
Rachel Ross@nycteris · Jr Web Developer
Do you think Tony Corinda's 13 Steps is still a relevant book? Are audience members and expectations the same as they were when it was written?
KEITH BARRY
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@nycteris Audience's expectations are obviously higher in the modern day world. However, the 13 Steps is every bit as relevant today as when it was first printed. All of the top mentalists in the world still use techniques from that book.
Rachel Ross
Rachel Ross@nycteris · Jr Web Developer
Do you have a favorite mentalist? Do you have a favorite book? (I like Kenton Knepper's works. I wish I had been alive to see Dunninger.).
KEITH BARRY
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@nycteris I would have loved to see Dunninger too and I'm a big fan of Chan Canasta's work. My favorite mentalism book would probably be The Invocation.
Tim Bauer
Tim Bauer@tiniertim · CEO, TinierTim.com
@keithpbarry @nycteris Do you have a link to this book? I can't find it.
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
ProductHunt community, check out Keith's great video "Can you be hypnotized? Find out right now!" (1:42min). I'm curious if it worked for you or not. https://goo.gl/r0rX4c
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
If a genie granted you 3 wishes, what would they be and why?
KEITH BARRY
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@tomstocklein To become a full time fisherman. I'd also move to Hawaii. To spend more time with my family.
Jaynti Kanani
Jaynti Kanani@_jdkanani
How one can be Mentalist? How did you become one?
KEITH BARRY
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@_jdkanani I self taught myself from books and then you just have to go out and do it. A great starter book for Magic and Mentalism is The Mark Wilson Course in Magic.
Murside Turan Jean
Murside Turan Jean@mursidetj · Fine Artist, MTJ Studios
Who are your top 5 favorite magicians going way back in history? 😊
KEITH BARRY
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@mursidetj Chan Canasta, Doc Sheils, Billy McComb, Dunninger, and Al Koran.
PVR Pictures
PVR Pictures@picturespvr
Are there degrees to which an individual can be hypnotized?
KEITH BARRY
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@picturespvr Yes, different people have different levels of susceptibility. In order to be hypnotized you just need three things, creativity, imagination and intelligence.
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Makerpad.co
Who are some of your favourite magicians and illusionists?
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Makerpad.co
What is one trick/illusion/etc that you have seen but just have NO idea how to work it out?
KEITH BARRY
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@bentossell Years ago, I was fooled by a magician called Chad Long. He pulled playing cards out of a wall in Las Vegas like they were coming out of an ATM machine. David Blaine was also there and both of us were fooled badly.
Deirdre S.
Deirdre S.@_deirdre
Are the illusions you designed for NYSM2 mostly practical?
KEITH BARRY
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@_deirdre Absolutely. This time around all of the illusions were designed so that it had the potential to be done in real life. I am very proud that we achieved the goal of using as minimal CGI in the movie as possible when it comes to the magic effects.
PVR Pictures
PVR Pictures@picturespvr
Since when have you been practicing hypnosis and who was your first subject on the sets?
KEITH BARRY
KEITH BARRY@keithpbarry · Mentalist, Hypnotist, Magician
@picturespvr I've been performing hypnosis since I was fourteen and the first person I ever hypnotized was a friend of mine in class. I made him run around like a chicken, which resulted in him going to detention. He is now a full time hypnotist.
EVO2GO
EVO2GO@rhondawalton1 · President
Are you live? I click on the live button but get no response :-)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
@rhondawalton1 Hi Evo, Yes Keith is LIVE - he's here for another 30minutes answering the questions typed for him on this page. Do you have a question for Keith? If so, type it on the page, and he'll hopefully still have time to get to it. 😃
EVO2GO
EVO2GO@rhondawalton1 · President
how does the watch live now work?
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
@rhondawalton1 There isn't anything to watch, this is a written Q&A. ✏️ 👌