Spread a little love: Magician masters new craft to give hope during pandemic

  • Firefighters at the Makalei Station receive 50 glass worry hearts from Barry Gitelson on Saturday.

  • Barry Gitelson places pieces of glass in his kiln to make “worry hearts.”. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Barry Gitelson has made more than 1,000 worry hearts for frontline workers.

  • Barry Gitelson goes through a batch of glass worry hearts he has made for frontline workers. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Barry Gitelson displays a batch of glass worry hearts he has made for frontline workers. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Generations of keiki in West Hawaii have witnessed the magic of Barry “The Great Barusky” Gitelson or have left one of his appearances with a balloon animal, but during the pandemic, unable to perform his craft, he has found another way to spread the magic of love and hope.