Wes Barker will be back with escapes and street magic at this year’s Arts Alive Festival being held this Saturday

Barker back for stunt magic at Langley’s Arts Alive

An increasingly famous local magician will wow crowds at Arts Alive this year.

Stunt magician Wes Barker has wowed the crowds at the Arts Alive Festival since 2011, and he’s back this year.

More visitors than ever are likely to recognize Barker, who has been making appearances on America’s Got Talent, Comedy Network, and Penn & Teller: Fool Us over the last few months.

Barker is fresh off his Aug. 3 appearance on the Penn & Teller program, on which he successfully pulled off a trick the two experienced magicians couldn’t figure out. That’s a hard task – only about a quarter of all contestants manage to do something the duo can’t explain. While they guessed at a couple of ways Barker could have managed the trick, Barker used a different method, and they ran out of ideas.

Barker performed the trick with a torn-in-half phone book, a sword, and the reluctant assistance of the show’s host, Jonathan Ross.

That TV appearance came just weeks after Barker’s July 21 appearance on America’s Got Talent.

Based in Clayton Heights, the former Langley resident has been performing across the country and performing at theatres, colleges, and corporate events for the past several years.

He’s always come back to Arts Alive, however, despite his increasing fame.

“Arts Alive is still one of my favourites,” Barker said, and added that he’s looking forward to attending again this year.

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