Neil Patrick Harris visited CNN’s morning show “New Day” and opened up about directing the innovative new magic show “Nothing to Hide,” wrapping up the ninth and final season of “How I Met Your Mother,” and guest starring in PunchDrunk’s “Sleep No More.”
“Two amazing card magicians named Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães performed at the Magic Castle, and I’m the President of the Academy of Magical Arts there at the Magic Castle,” Harris said about ‘Nothing to Hide.’
“I saw them do this show together; it was wildly successful, but only in that little, small world. So I had them do it at the Geffen Playhouse in L.A. It broke records there. It extended four times. And so now we’re bringing it to New York. So, it’s guys doing card magic like you’ve never seen.”
On his interest in magic, Harris said, “I’m a big fan of live, variety arts. I’ve always loved it. I love the Cirque du Soleils. I love the David Copperfield. I love going out and seeing things. That’s why I’m a proponent of theater and the Tonys and all of that. Because I think there is a better, more complete experience when you’re immersed in something, as opposed to just sitting and watching it.”
On the growth and success of "How I Met Your Mother," the actor is modest.
"Our show wasn't a big giant success, it just plugged along really well. We were conveniently on CBS during a time when they needed some comedy and they didn't move us for all of our nine years we were on Monday night, and our ratings were OK, but like "Dancing With The Stars" would crush us for a while. And then "The Voice" would come along, and yet they never really panicked and so because we were at the same place, same time every week, I think people got used to seeing us there and developed a smallish fan base and when it starts airing every day on syndication, then suddenly you're in people's living rooms more."
Fans can also see Harris live as the lead in the upcoming Broadway production of the beloved rock musical, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” which begins previews in March 2014, and officially opens in April 2014.