There are magicians who amaze and comedians who make you laugh but few combine the two art forms like magician/comedian Jim Barron who will bring his unique show to the Stryker Public Library on Monday, October 10th from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Barron became interested in magic at the age of 10 and, while in the 5th and 6th grades, often performed magic shows for classmates at Hamilton Elementary in Hamilton Indiana.
“There weren’t as many outlets for learning magic back then as there are today so I read and re-read every book on magic in the school library. After I’d read all those, I visited the library in Edon, Ohio which was just across the state line from my home in Alvarado and read all theirs too,” said Barron.
Today, Jim Barron performs for corporate events, festivals, fundraisers and even schools. Following his show, it’s not unusual to hear comments like, “I haven’t had that much fun in a long time” and “I’ve seen magic acts before but they never made me laugh like this! This show is really unique!”
Unusual and notable performances by Barron include escaping from a regulation straight jacket before nine thousand people during halftime at the first Ft. Wayne Freedom football game. He also successfully predicted the final score of a Ft. Wayne Wizards baseball game before a record, sold out crowd.
Barron cites magicians Doug Henning and Harry Blackstone Jr. as major influences. “One of my favorite memories is performing with my family before an audience that included Blackstone himself. Following the show we all got to meet him and he told me how much he enjoyed our performance. It’s a thrill I’ll never forget!” says Barron.
Upon graduation from Vincennes University with a degree in Broadcasting Technology, he started a career in radio all the while perfecting the speaking and comedic skills he employs in his live comedy magic performance. Today, when he’s not appearing with his magic act, he’s part of the award winning morning team at WBCL radio in Ft. Wayne.
A few of his other radio credits include stints at WOWO Radio and WAJI. Barron and his fellow performers Phil Reaser and Larry Bower were recently awarded the Spectrum Award by the Indiana Association of Broadcasters for “Best Morning Show in Indiana.”
Looking for entertainment for your next event? Barron guarantees to make yours unforgettable, outstanding and fun! He can be reached at 260-459-1745 or online at email@example.com.
The library program will be filled with fun for all ages! You don’t want to miss the chance to meet the hilarious and magical Jim Barron. The Stryker Branch Library is located at 304 South Defiance Street. To learn more, call Connie Aeschliman at 419-682-5081.