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Sunday 21 January 2018

Barry's 'Dark Side' helps drive profits at mentalist's firm

Mentalist and magician Keith Barry
Mentalist and magician Keith Barry

Brian Byrne

It appears mentalist Keith Barry is keeping his cards close to his chest as profits at his firm rose to almost €180,000 last year.

The Waterford-born entertainer proved he is still a deft hand at the mind games, with accumulated profits at his Irish firm rising to €176,406 at the end of December last year.

The latest figures coincide with Barry's 'The Dark Side' live tour, which he performed nationwide in 2013, and the production of his TV3 programme 'Brain Hacker', which aired earlier this year.

The 2013 figure, filed with the Companies Registration Office (CRO) this month, represents a slight increase on the previous year, when Barry's Marstock Entertainment Ltd had €173,398.

Barry (38) established Marstock Entertainment Ltd in 2003 when he shot to fame with 'Close Encounters with Keith Barry', which aired on RTE.

The programme was syndicated in 28 countries worldwide and cemented Barry's name alongside those of Derren Brown and David Blaine.

The mastermind went on to enjoy broad international success, appearing on MTV, the 'Ellen DeGegeneres Show', and striking a four-year production deal with US television network CBS.

More recently, Barry rubbed shoulders with the biggest Hollywood stars when he became Mentalist and Hypnotist Consultant for 2013's 'Now You See Me', starring Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Eisenberg.

Meanwhile, former Miss World Rosanna Davison's profits are also on the rise.

New figures show that the accumulated profits at her firm last year jumped by 20pc to €76,011.

The boost in the fortunes for Davison's Zanadoo Productions Ltd coincided with the model appearing topless for an undisclosed sum on the October 2012 cover of the German edition of 'Playboy' magazine.

Ms Davison further added to her company's coffers when she appeared in the US edition of 'Playboy' last year, becoming only the second woman to feature in the European and American editions of 'Playboy'.

According to accounts for the year to the end of May 30, 2013, recently filed by Zanadoo Productions Ltd with CRO, the firm's accumulated profits increased from €63,226 to €76,011.

The good news for Chris de Burgh's daughter followed accumulated profits at her firm dropping by €12,702 from €75,928 to €63,226 in the previous year.

Irish Independent

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