Larry Barnes

Last updated 09 January 2020

Larry Barnes (1926-2011)
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Larry Barnes

Born: Sunday 16th May 1926
Died: Saturday 2nd July 2011 (age: 85)

Larry Barnes was a magician, an escapologist, a balloon sculptor and most famously a paper tearer.

He made his stage debut at the Adelphi in 1941/42 playing a pirate in Peter Pan. He also worked as a stunt man in films, including The Colditz Story (1955). 

After contracting arthritis following an accident on stage, he furthered his interest in magic. He recreated the escapology act of Houdini, releasing himself from a range of ancient handcuffs and a straitjacket in less than a minute.

He was a Pearly King