Welcome to Magic Therapy
At Ysgol Pen Coch we promote a holistic approach to the education and support we offer every pupil attending our school. As part of this approach we are delighted that we are able to offer Magic Therapy - Hocus Focus Wizard’s Club sessions as an addition to our extensive list of therapies.
What is Magic Therapy?
Healing of magic is a carefully designed, systematic approach to the therapeutic use of simple magic tricks in physical and psychosocial rehabilitation. It has been utilized in many areas:
Physical Diagnoses – For all physical diagnoses, it is effective in increasing the client’s ability to manipulate objects (dexterity, grasp, and release) as well as gross motor skills.
Brain Injury – Performing magic tricks provides cognitive and perceptual challenges for clients with acquired brain injury.
Spinal Injury – For the spinal cord injured client with limited hand function, it allows for mastery of their environment without requiring skilful hand movements.
Mental Health – In areas of mental health, magic has been utilized to augment process. It is effective in increasing frustration tolerance, task-follow through, concentration, group cooperation, impulse control, communication, and many other goals.
Education – For students who face additional challenges – learning disabilities, emotional behaviour disorders, developmental and cognitive delays, and autism – learning magic may have a significant impact on neurodevelopmental function, i.e. attention, memory, language, temporal-sequential ordering, spatial ordering, neuromotor functions, social cognition, and higher order cognition.
The art of illusion has captivated people for thousands of years. It is perhaps the oldest of all the performing arts. References of magicians performing in the Courts of the Pharaohs date back as far as 5000 B.C. Primitive drawings of magicians practicing their trade can be found on cave walls in Northern Spain and Southern France. Magicians performed in the streets and marketplaces of ancient Rome and Greece. And they were significant players in the world of theatre in London’s West End. Magic has a long and rich history.
In 1988, award-winning illusionist 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. This is the foundation of the Healing of Magic.
Today, the concepts of “magic therapy” are being used in more than 2,000 hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and schools in over 30 countries. Spencer has earned the Approved Providers Status of the American Occupational Therapy Association and has his Certification in Autism Studies. His work is focused on researching arts-integrated interventions for clients and providing relevant, useful, and engaging continuing education for therapists.
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Hocus Focus Curriculum
The Hocus Focus curriculum, has helped children in schools to develop fine and gross motor skills as well as concentration, following simple and complex directions, task follow-through, communication and socialization/interpersonal skills, and numerous other objectives.
What happens in Wizard's Club?
Wizard’s Club Session
45 minute session
(Greet, Rules & Promise)
5. Wizard’s Book of Secrets
6. Circle time
(Wizard’s Academy Chart & Certificates)
Wizard's Club Rules
- Members of the Wizard’s Academy shall not interfere with another performer’s presentation, nor should they downgrade another member’s performance (a good magician also means knowing how to be a good audience member!).
- Members of the Wizard’s Academy shall respect the ideas of other members.
- Members of the Wizard’s Academy shall strive to protect the secrets of magic tricks/illusions from general public. (never tell the secret)
- Members of the Wizard’s Academy shall strive for excellence in presentation of each magic trick they perform. (practice, practice, practice)
- Say the Wizard’s Club Promise:
Wizard's Club Promise
I, ___________, do solemnly swear, as a member of the Wizard’s Academy, to be respectful of other members and not interfere with their presentation in any way; to practice and not give up in order to master my own presentation; and, above all else, to protect the secrets of magic and illusions from the general public.