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.
Today, the concepts of “magic therapy” are being used in more than 2,000 rehabilitation facilities in over 30 countries. Spencer is an Adjunct Faculty in the Occupational Therapy Department of the University of Alabama in Birmingham working primarily in continuing education and research. He has earned the Approved Providers Status of the American Occupational Therapy Association and is a Qualified Autism Services Practitioner.
The Spencers have returned to touring with one of the largest theatrical illusion productions in the world. Their accolades include International Magician of the Year and Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year. For more information about The Spencers, visit www.SpencersMagic.com.