This June and July we are performing our Warlockery live up and down the lengths of the country. The show will feature some of our favourite pieces, some spooky communication with the dead and some brand new never before seen material.
All the dates are now on-sale and tickets can be bought from our live page here. Some venues have nearly sold out already so make sure that you book early.
Things have been quiet here on the blog for a while because we have been preparing for a new BBC One show called “The Magicians.” The show is the biggest and most ambitious thing that we have ever been a part of and in the shortest space of production time ever, we’ve planned some really interesting, inventive and devious new magical things.
Each show is a competition in which we, plus our celebrity partner, battle with two other fantastic magicians; Chris Korn, one of America’s finest sleight of hand artists, and Luis De Matos, Europe’s number one illusionist, the show is hosted by comedian Lenny Henry.
The first episode airs on New Year’s Day at 19:30 on BBC One.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010 is officially over and we have miraculously returned home with all vital physical and spiritual organs intact.
This year was our biggest Edinburgh so far with some really fantastic reviews, a complete sell-out run and ticket demand so high that an extra show was added. We’ve also been told that we turned out number 1 on the edtwinge website as the most positively Tweeted about show during the month. I think that many of those were audience members saying that they were scared walking home alone or couldn’t get to sleep that night. One of our favourites though, has to be the tweet of this guy, proving that the show can actually be a séance and speed-dating all in one.
A big thank you to everybody who gave us nice messages on Twitter and hunted ghosts with us, we hope to see the rest of you on tour very soon!
At the beginning of August this year we will be starting a journey from London to Edinburgh for the worlds largest arts festival. After sell-out shows in 2008 and 2009 we are returning for our third year with a very different kind of show for us; a late-night séance.
The show is called “98% Séance” and is about making live contact with ghosts, spirits and demons. As anyone who has ever held a home-made séance will know there’s always the chance of nothing happening when you talk to the dead but they don’t talk back. Also, because we are pretty much totally convinced that all those things are horse-shit anyway, the remaining 2% of our Séance will employ some underhanded trickery in order to guarantee some spine-chilling scares.
This years show is a very different thing to what we have staged before. It really exciting for us and might well be the most complex thing we have ever created. It pulls lots of fragmented elements together that have been floating around in both our heads since we were kids. As magicians, we are always looking for the real secrets behind any unexplained phenomena, but even as sceptics our aim is to inject some questions and fear into the heart of the Fringe.
Among the almost 2,500 shows it looks like there’s lots of good things at Edinburgh this August. Away from the painfully mainstream shows trying to make-it up there we are most excited to see Sammy J, anarchic poet John Cooper Clarke, the gloriously awkward Edward Aczel, good friend and 3rd best magician up there Pete Firman, the sharp and brilliant Nick Mohammed and the mighty evil comic force Andrew O’Neill. For a comprehensive on-line listing of all of this years shows take a look at the brand new website of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe here.
There will be also be a load of great things happening at the Forest Fringe throughout the month so check their website for their list of events.
Edinburgh City itself conceals many hidden gems that are often overlooked during the festival period. If you are there any time of year be sure to visit the Camera Obscura and the spooky hidden network of streets beneath the royal mile, Mary King’s Close.
Tickets for our show “Barry and Stuart: 98% Séance” that will run every night at 22:20 from the 5th to 29th August are on sale now here.
We’re back with an wicked new trick that you can play on your friends and family this coming April Fools’ Day. Last year we brought you the Board of New Science’s Psychic Testing video and this year the board are back!
With this latest trick you will be able to convince your friends that you can read their mind by looking in their eyes. In reality of course this isn’t science, it’s magic and the secret is right here for you to exploit.
So you can see what this looks like in action here’s some hidden camera footage of this trick in action, followed by detailed explanation of how you can perform this for yourself:
And here’s this tricky video for you to have a practice with. You can embed it anywhere you like, including your own site or blog, or you can perform it right on our BBC three trick page.
Prepare to be spooked! Watch the above video and see if you can view a ghost in the static of an old TV.
You can email this trick to your friends and you can even embed the video on your very own blog or site as we’ve done here.
This is the first in a series of on-line tricks that you can perform yourself. Check out the others on the Barry and Stuart BBC Three webpage www.bbc.co.uk/barryandstuart
We never give lectures to other magicians but, for the first time ever, we will be speaking as part of the excellent Essential Magic Conference – the worldâ€™s first web conference for magicians. It will take place on the 15th, 16th and 17th of July 2010.
The entire event will be broadcast via the internet. It features lectures and demonstrations by some of the most important thinkers in magic. You can watch the lectures live from your computer, or you can view them on-demand immediately following their broadcast.
Register to attend this truly unique conference at essentialmagicconference.com
US published MAGIC Magazine have featured us on the cover of this month’s edition. The issue contains some previously unseen pictures and a detailed interview by author and magic historian David Britland. Buy your copy here now.
We will be doing a number of live appearances over the next few months. It will be a chance for all of you who didn’t catch “Powered by Demons” to see it up-close and personal. We are also pleased to announce that we will be taking the show to Auckland as part of the New Zealand Comedy Festival.
Glasgow Comedy Festival 19th March at Gilmorehill G12. Â£10 Tickets
Soho Theatre, London 24th-27th March. Â£12 Tickets
New Zealand Comedy Festival 24th April – 8th May in Auckland. Tickets
The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen 12th June Â£14 Tickets
Parkway Cinema, Cleethorpes 27th June Â£10 Tickets
We are also previewing an exciting new show in April at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, Islington. Come and be spooked by our sÃ©ance show on the 3rd April at 9:30pm Tickets
Barry and Stuart will appear in the UK’s first 3D magic show. Channel 4′s “3D Magic Spectacular” will broadcast this November as part of a week of 3D programs.
Millions of free pairs of 3D glasses will be given out at Sainbury’s stores, so put on your spectacles and get involved four eyes!