Magic In The Air!

23 Sep

My Magic HandsIt seems that, recently, magic has been creating quite a stir within the scientific community.

Researchers are beginning to take a serious look at the positive side-effects that come with practicing and performing magic. Recent studies point out several benefits include improved self esteem, communication skills and even improved concentration in school.

Earlier this year, a special session Magicana’s My Magic Hands at Bloorview Kids Rehab was the subject of a study run by the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Toronto. Researchers interviewed participants, parents, My Magic Handsvolunteers,therapists and magicians involved following a six-week magic course. Participants were all in-patients, out-patients or day-patients at the center which helps children faced with a broad range of challenges. The study confirmed what Magicana and Bloorview staff already knew: magic has a tremendous impact on the progress of their clients from improved fine motor skills to increased memory and speech.

In addition to the study conducted on Magicana’s MY MAGIC HANDS, there are other wonderful articles by the BBC, and Nature Review Neuroscience highlighting the benefits of magic. We’ve created a new “Articles” page in the News & Reviews section on My Magic Hands website…read all about it! Be sure to visit the “Testimonials” page as well, where children and the hosting centres detail what they thought about our community outreach program.

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