August 3, 2008

Keith: I’M Not Ready to Be Dad

By JAMES KELLY

TOP magician Keith Barry is getting ready for the biggest performance of his career - being a dad.

The Co Waterford showman's wife Mairead is expecting their first child but unlike his mouthdropping performances he hasn't rehearsed his most important role to date.

"I'm not prepared for being a dad," he revealed.

"Too many people read books about these things but I want to do it naturally.

"The house isn't ready at all...my place is like an Aladdin's cave of magic."

Not that the sleepless nights should prove a worry for him.

"I survive on about three or four hours sleep. I'm a complete night owl," he said.

"I stay up practising and trying out new tricks until about 3am," he said.

It is this dedication which has wooed Hollywood stars and his American TV audience to become the first Irishman to land a stint of the coveted Las Vegas strip.

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