Keith Barry struggled mentally during the Covid-19 pandemic as touring and TV work dried up
Mentalist Keith Barry has revealed how he struggled mentally during the pandemic as his touring and television work dried up.
The father-of-two, who is back on our screens with the Keith Barry Experience on RTE and is about to embark on a new tour, said that while everyone was enjoying the time off with his family, he had trouble making himself understood. lockdown.
Speaking to the Irish Sunday Mirror, Keith said he was completely depressed as the tour came to an abrupt halt.
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He said: “At first everyone seemed to be enjoying the break but I wasn’t enjoying it that much because I thought it might last longer than expected.
“I’m always very careful to spend enough time with my family so that I don’t need to spend more time with them.
“So for a few weeks I was definitely lost and not having depression or anxiety but I was definitely at rock bottom.
“First of all, I’m a social person and secondly, my job is mainly to be on stage.
“Most years I could do about 150 stage performances and I haven’t done one in over two years now at this point.
“If it wasn’t my thing, I’d do it for free because I love being on stage, even for my mindset.”
And Keith also revealed how he was in constant car accident pain years after a car accident nearly resulted in his foot being amputated.
The 45-year-old said he didn’t go a day that he wasn’t in agony but trained his brain to block it out.
The father-of-two was involved in a horrific car accident in 2007 and since then Keith has struggled with pain that radiates throughout his body.
And Keith said that over the years the pain got worse.
He said: ‘I had to deal with it, the worries are there every day and seem to get worse as you get older.
“I started with a seven inch plate, 13 ankle screws and got through it, but now I have a degenerating disc in my back, loose cartilage in my rib cage, lots of injuries.
“I think half of it is related to the car accident. I’m off balance all the time with my left leg too.
“I have the ability to literally, once I manage to get out of bed and walk around for a minute, to clear it (the pain) from my brain.”
And he recalled he was just minutes away from having his foot amputated, he added: ‘I was five minutes away from amputation.
“The trauma surgeon was having so much trouble getting my foot back in its socket because it had wrapped around my shin and was going the wrong way.
“I remember he was pulling with every ounce of strength he had, but because I was tensing up so much, my foot kept popping out.
“Eventually he just stopped and said ‘Listen Keith, your foot’s been out of its socket for two to three hours, it’s turned blue, I’m going to have to amputate it if you can’t figure out how to relax your body’ .
“He managed to put it back in place and saved my foot.”
The Waterford native said he now plans to do a number of mind-blowing tricks.
He continued: ‘One involves me getting into a plane at 30,000 feet with a parachute, but then having an official, like a guard or whoever, put on a straitjacket. regulated on me and the parachute.
“The idea would be that I would have to escape the straitjacket to access the parachute. It’s on my to-do list.
“Another climbs Kilimanjaro in his underpants with Wim Hof, known as Ice Man.
“He has a whole technique around breathing and immersing himself in the freezing cold and actually gets people to truly climb Kilimanjaro only in their underwear.
“I also want to do another TV show in America.”
And when it comes to his wife Mairead worrying about her safety while performing death-defying tricks at times, Barry said she doesn’t think twice because she’s used to it now.
He said: “Mairead and I have been together since I was 17 and she was 16 so she just takes the kids to karate or whatever while I’m hanging on to something crazy.
“Half the time I don’t even tell Mairead what I’m doing. She’s cool with it all and very supportive.
“We’re just two normal people at the end of the day, chasing two kids backstage.”
And as for his two children, Breanna, 12, and son Braden, 9, Keith said they had shown no interest in following him into a career in magic.
He said: “There are a lot of magicians I know who are very pushy with their children when it comes to magic.
“They’re too insistent that kids have to practice magic, not because they like it, but because their father wants them to.
“I’m not like that. I bought them a million sets of magic and bought them a million books to teach them tricks and they know the weird but they’re just into other things and don’t show not really much interest.
Although he has performed his brain-hacking tricks on famous celebrities including Morgan Freeman, Keith said there are two people he would love to perform for.
He concluded, “The two people that come to mind are Judge Judy and Pink.
“Pink is a phenomenal artist and is not just a singer but a performer in her own right and I think she would be awesome and let me get inside her head.”
The Keith Barry Experience airs tonight on RTE One at 9.45pm and tickets for his new tour, Reconnected, at ticketmaster.co.uk or Keithbarry.com.
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