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 patients and clients and providing relevant, useful, and engaging continuing education for therapists and educators.
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