The actor who previously portrayed popular kids character Barney The Dinosaur now runs a business specialising in tantric sex and massages, a new interview has revealed.
David Joyner, who is described as a “tantra massage specialist and spiritual healer”, was responsible for the physical portrayal of the purple dinosaur from 1991 to 2001 (the character was voiced by a separate actor).
Speaking to Vice, Joyner has described the very different career path he has taken since leaving the PBS children’s show Barney & Friends.
Joyner started his current practice, Tantra Harmony, in 2004 and reveals in the interview that he refers to his – female only – clients as “goddesses” and helps “to fully release a woman’s blocked energy”. He also says that sex is on offer to his clients.
The new career isn’t that dissimilar to his Barney role though, Joyner argues. “The energy I brought up [while] in the costume is based on the foundation of tantra, which is love,” he explains. “Everything stems, grows, and evolves from love. Even when you have emotionally blocked energy, the best way to remove it is to remove it with love, and then replace it with God’s divine love. Love heals and allows you to continue to grow.”
“Before I got into the [Barney] costume, I would pray and ask God to allow his loving divine spirit to flow through me through the costume and let that draw the kids. That energy would always draw them in,” Joyner adds. “Children are more connected spiritually than [adults]. A lot of times when I see infants and I’m out and about at the grocery store or whatever, they start staring at me. I make the joke, ‘You know who I am.’”
“I always said it was never an accident, and that I was meant to do this character,” he says. “Because a lot of the elements of Barney were a lot of the things I was training with in tantra.”
Stephen White, head writer of Barney from 1992 to 2005, says: “When I found out the detail of what’s involved in tantra, I was surprised,” White continues. “I thought it was an interesting transition for Barney. It’s kind of still the ‘I love you, you love me’ deal, but different. I don’t judge or anything, but that’s a side of David I didn’t know.”
You can read the full interview here.