Magic tricks and Physical/Occupational Therapy? What’s the connection?
Magician David Copperfield teamed up with creative therapists and came up with a new and highly successful approach to physical therapy: when the right patient practices the right magic trick, he or she is doing some of the same things that those boring exercises do.
I have given seminars to professional therapists and to graduate students on how to use magic tricks in treatment. Moshe and I have attended the last two Project Magic conventions in Las Vegas where we studied with doctors, therapists, and magicians (including David Copperfield).
Healing of Magic
Kevin and Cindy Spencer are amazing. They are gifted performers, fantastic award-winning magicians, and the loveliest people you could imagine.
As their website says, In 1988, Kevin Spencer suffered a closed head injury and a lower spinal cord injury as a result of a near-fatal car accident. He spent the next several months in physical and occupational therapy aware that he might never perform again. During that time, he came to realize how challenging it is for a patient to stay motivated during long-term rehabilitation. Once he regained function, he and his wife (Cindy) collaborated with therapists to develop a program that would use simple magic tricks to help patients regain lost physical skills while increasing motivational levels and self esteem.”
For more information about The Spencers, visit www.SpencersMagic.com
Award winning magician and mind reader. And a personal favorite of ours!
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