“While the weather may be wet, the wit should be very dry,” said Neil Patrick Harris, who will be at Town Hall on Thursday, Dec. 7. He’ll discuss his new children’s book, “The Magic Misfits.”
You can’t get on the phone with actor Neil Patrick Harris without first talking about the time he cooked with Ina.
Earlier this year, Harris and his husband, David Burtka, were invited by food and lifestyle idol Ina Garten to film an episode of her Food Network show, “Barefoot Contessa” at her place in the Hamptons.
“I was kind of losing my mind when it happened,” Harris said recently. “When we pulled up to her barn and the gate opened, David and I turned to each other and asked, ‘How did our lives lead us here?’ ”
Harris made Negronis, Burtka grilled steaks and Garten took care of everything else.
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“She’s surprisingly opinionated,” Harris said. “On the show, she’s mainly dealing with the food. But when you’re having a meal with her, she has great opinions on politics, everything. It ran the gamut.”
Harris is ready to do the same when he appears Thursday, Dec. 7, at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle for a sold-out event sponsored by Town Hall. (He will be in conversation with someone yet to be announced.)
Harris is here to promote his new book, “The Magic Misfits,” which follows a young runaway magician named Carter and five other illusionists as they try to save the town of Mineral Wells from the greedy B.B. Bosso and his “crew of crooked carnies.” The book is aimed at readers ages 8-12.
The story was inspired by Harris’ lifelong love of magic, circuses, sideshows and carnivals, starting with a magician named Ed Alonzo, “the misfit of magic.”
The book is the first in a series of four (“Like four suits in a deck of cards”) that is filled with secrets and codes and even magic tricks. Harris’ intent was to serve readers on three different levels, Harris said: Reading the adventures of the Misfits, learning how magic tricks work and then being able to perform a trick.
“If you’ve gone and found a book about magic, you’re therefore worthy of learning a trick or three,” Harris said. “And they’re simple enough that anyone can do them.
“But practice is important in life, as well as in magic.”
And it wouldn’t hurt to give the book a second look.
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