Brain Magic: The Art of Deception

As I have shown in two previous posts (“Keith Barry on Radio in New Zealand” and “Spikes and Memory“), Keith Barry is a fantastic mentalist, illusionist, magician, or whatever you want to call him. Although you may agree his work is amazing, you still may be wondering why a post about Keith Barry is included in a blog about overcoming adversity such as brain injury.

Many people who survived a brain injury, and many people who have not, feel they are stuck — there is no way out of a problem so there is no reason to try to get unstuck. What Keith Barry shows us is that there are ways around tasks that seem impossible.  Plans, strategies, compensation tools, and practice can turn a seemingly impossible task into a real and acceptable solution.

The following video is a clip from one of the many TED talks that are well worth viewing and spreading. Think of each illusion not as a trick but a solution to overcoming obstacles such as skepticism, physics, limited resources, and reality.


Click here to read another Beyond Adversity post.

Thanks to Chris for sharing the clip; TED TalksKeith BarryMovie Maker, YouTube, and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the video in this post.


  1. Scott,
    Thank you for introducing Keith Barry into my life. I am amazed with this guy. I am going to study him more.

    1. Chuck,

      You will not have any problem finding more about him or his illusions. He has a website — and there are many videos on YouTube. I’m sure you can find information and examples elsewhere as well. If you find something really good, please let me know.


  2. I just watched several of the Keith Barry YouTube videos. Quite amazing how suggestible we are. It’s very important to know our thoughts have such power. Thanks for the post.

    1. Frank, what I enjoy most about the Keith Barry videos is they serve as a fantastic reminder that, brain injury or not, what we think we know may be worth questioning. I “saw it with my own eyes” clearly does not make it real. I also like the videos because they serve as a nice distraction from the adversity plateau. Laughter, amazement, and curiosity help us enjoy life and move forward. Thanks for taking time to share your comments.

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