CBC Digital Archives

Andy Barrie's dazzling card tricks

Since 1995, CBC Radio's Andy Barrie has been waking up Torontonians with his warm, friendly voice and thoughtful interviews. As Barrie retires as host of CBC Radio's Toronto morning show, Metro Morning, CBC Digital Archives celebrates his career. We've got excerpts from his first day on the job at Metro Morning and the day he announced his retirement, as well as select interviews. Just for fun, we even have a 1982 CBC-TV clip in which Barrie performs card tricks.

"Are you amazed?" asks CBC-TV's Andy Barrie. "I am amazed," answers Canadian long-distance swimmer Cindy Nicholas. In this 1982 clip from a program called Summer Magazine, Barrie -- the show's host -- is performing card tricks for Nicholas. He says he's been interested in magic since childhood. With great enthusiasm, Barrie shows Nicholas a number of fun tricks, including how to "force a card," which means getting someone to choose the card you want them to pick.
• Andy Barrie was born on Jan. 30, 1945, in Baltimore. He began a career in radio after graduating university, and eventually got his own program with Metromedia Radio in Washington, D.C. He was soon drafted into the U.S. military, then fighting the Vietnam War, and he chose to become a draft dodger by moving Montreal. In 1970 he began working at Montreal's CJAD Radio. • In 1977, Barrie moved to Toronto and began working at Toronto radio station CFRB, where his commentaries won him an ACTRA Award.

• Hosting Summer Magazine was just a short-term gig for Barrie. The program was an afternoon show airing weekdays during the summer of 1982. It was broadcast from various locales across Canada, featuring highlights of regional summer activities, musical performances and interviews with a wide variety of guests. Barrie was one of several hosts of the show. Other hosts included Barbara McLeod, Joe Coté and Linden Soles.

• Barrie began his radio career at CBC in 1995, when he became host of the Toronto morning radio program Metro Morning. He hosted the popular morning show for 15 years.

• At the age of 16, Cindy Nicholas swam across Lake Ontario in 15 hours and 10 minutes. She later swam across the English Channel 19 times, and was the first woman to cross the Channel both ways non-stop. She was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1979, and was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2005.

Medium: Television
Program: Summer Magazine
Broadcast Date: Aug. 4, 1982
Guest(s): Cindy Nicholas
Host: Andy Barrie
Duration: 3:58

Last updated: May 29, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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