Meet Wes Barker
Wes Barker is one of Canada’s biggest touring comedy magicians, selling out theatres across the country and around the world. He has appeared on America’s Got Talent, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, MTV’s Greatest Party Stories Ever, and Syfy’s Wizard Wars.
Wes next preforms in Drunk Magic for one-night only at the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver on April 30. Billed as a night of drinking, magic, and comedy, Wes will share the stage with comedians Simon King and Ivan Decker. Incorporating a live interactive podcast and a not-so-traditional formal show portion, Drunk Magic will no doubt be an experience unlike anything you have ever seen.
20 Questions with Wes Barker
1Your first job.
Working at the sawmill my dad works at. I was on the cleanup crew, and I was super lazy about it. I would crawl into the machines that needed cleaning and just sleep.
2The job you always wanted as a child.
Oh man, this is about to be embarrassing. When I was 10 yrs old, I wanted to be in the NBA … this dream did not actually die until I was 19. I normally lie about that, but at 19 I was walking around as a 5’9″ white Canadian still believing I will make the NBA one day.
3Your pet peeve.
My brother eating cereal. Can’t tell you exactly why, but all growing up I would watch him and it would make me so mad. Something about the way he ate it drove me insane!
Jim Carrey and Robin Williams were all I cared about as a kid.
5Your biggest indulgence.
Beer probably … yep, it’s for sure beer.
6One thing no one knows about you.
I have a huge nerdy interest in space and physics. Huge.
7Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
- A kite: no joke I can fly a stunt kite for hours on end.
- A surfboard: it’s my favourite thing to be bad at.
- A guitar: none of these are practical but I’d rather enjoy myself.
8The one word your best friend would use to describe you.
9If you were not a magician, what would you be doing?
I’d probably be a realtor or something. I would have found anything that gave me a flexible schedule.
10Hero or villain?
Hero. I love feeling love. If you make your living trying to get laughs, you want that hero life.
11Your life’s motto/mantra.
You don’t have the space in your brain. So quit filling it with stuff you hate, like work, people, Facebook posts, etc
12The song that gets the most play on your iTunes playlist.
Frank Sinatra’s “I Won’t Dance”.
13Your favourite magic trick, and why.
It’s called “Paper Balls Over The Head” I first saw it done by this guy called Slydini. It’s so simple but so funny and amazing. The entire audience can see how the trick works but the one person on stage has no clue. To me that is so damn funny.
14If you were a super hero which super hero would you be, and why?
Thor. I just want to drink that much beer and still have his body.
15What will it say on your grave marker?
I probably don’t know the day I died, but I can tell you that I made the most of it. Go live your life. I lived the hell out of mine.
16Who would you most like to have dinner with?
Ryan Reynolds. I have man crush that is only mostly non-sexual.
17Your idea of happiness.
Traveling. Maybe that’s a common answer but seriously, there are so many place to go and things to do. Whenever I start feeling “unhappy” I can honestly stop and go, “oh yeah I need to go live some life and get out for a bit”. I think it would make anyone happy.
18The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.
The fact that I ignored all common sense and followed my dreams.
19If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 20-year old self?
Take even crazier risks … because the fact that I’m alive to tell myself this means I must have lived through it … ah, crazy time travel paradox, my head hurts.
20To be or not to be?
Always to be! To be: interested, open, curious, optimistic, and unafraid. But let’s have some beers and go through the list again. Then we’ll see where it really goes!