Barry Mitchell brought his unique brand of magical entertainment to Ring 71 on Friday, May 24. The gallery below contains a selection of pictures from his lecture.
Barry was very keen to take questions and comments from the audience. At one point, a question was raised about his use of the term ‘yahoo’ (Tennessee pronunciation: YAY-hoo) when referring to an audience member or layperson, as in “any yahoo can do this trick”. After some reflection, Barry sent the message below as a follow-up to our discussion:
Dear Friends in Cincinnati,
Thank you for the opportunity to come back to your club and share my magic and thoughts. I had a wonderful time and as I said at the workshop, I always learn something each time. I gave more thought to the discussion we had about my Yahoo trick and my image of encouragement in my shows. Although I’ve always seen the word “yahoo” just as a funny joke and name I can see why some might have a problem with it. Depending on where we grow up and our influences words have different meanings. I still feel confident that my character can enjoy using “yahoo” with success but I want to offer a couple thoughts. I think “if there is any negative” feel by the audience this is probably replaced when the helper becomes the hero in the end finding the cards. That’s thought one. Thought two makes it all a non issue. Simply replace the word “yahoo” with “anyone.” The Anyone trick. I believe card tricks are so easy that anyone can do them. And to prove it I’m looking for ANYONE! I hope this helps for those who purchased Yahoo and gives you a second option. And just so you know, I really do listen to my audiences because I always learn something. Thanks again.