Usually shows starring a mentalist divide people into two categories. Those who are completely amped up and ready to be wooed and those who bear a smarmy smirk and 'I'll be the judge of what's impressive' attitude. If my quasi theory is correct then Keith Barry had a great challenge of exceeding the expectations of one group and convincing another that he is indeed impressive.
During Barry's introduction he announced that around 40 audience members would end up on stage during the show; so basically just face it now…you’re getting up here. He began with a few warm up acts whereby he would successfully point out people’s thoughts such as a favourite holiday destination or correctly identify the colour and brand of their underwear. I wonder if he knows when people aren’t wearing any.
Without giving too much away, Barry engages in numerous mental feats from pinpointing individual's hidden drawings to selecting the card a volunteer had memorized. One of the most intense acts mimicked Russian Roulette, involving a volunteer placing their hand over several polystyrene cups, one hiding a metal spike. You can probably guess the next part...Other moments were more light hearted such as when a blindfolded Barry was able to identify which alcoholic beverage a person had taken a sip from on stage.
However, reading this simply can't do any justice to the real deal. Barry’s show is uniquely entertaining, funny and mesmerising for the mind. Although I sat there thinking ‘please don’t pick me, please don’t pick me’ exiting the show I wished I had been up on stage. Even the sceptics and psychology students who sat there thinking ‘OK he’s gooood but it’s a science yadda yadda” would have witnessed the mind blowing closing act and admitted “alright I’m f***ing impressed”.