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Hanging out with Camp Ooch

12 Nov

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“I just wanted to say thank you so much for coming in to Ooch on Saturday.  I’ve heard rave reviews from campers, volunteers and camper families.  They had such a great day, and learned so many neat tricks!”

-Olivia Tischler, Program Manager In-City

After several years of partnership, we had yet another successful day-out with Camp Oochigeas, (lovingly nicknamed Camp Ooch) this past Saturday, November 3.

Together with over 27 kids, 11 volunteers and 5 of our own Magicana staff, we filled Ooch’s space with wonder and magic for a whole Saturday afternoon.

Camp Oochigeas is a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that provides kids with cancer and kids affected by childhood cancer a unique opportunity for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences.

The camp has become an important resource for kids and their families and has grown beyond the summer days of camp. For their fall program, Ooch  introduced: Wacky World of Wizardry to encourage youth to participate in honing their motor skills, communication skills and creative problem-solving skills by learning a variety of magic tricks using classic magical props: ropes, cards and ball vases!

We know these kids face immense challenges, and so we are so inspired to see how hard they work despite these issues. We know that our campers would not have had as much fun nor success as they did if it wasn’t for their dedicated camp volunteers, “Magic Coaches”, who provided personal and supportive encouragement each step of the way.

We ended the day with a Big Show, where the campers had a chance STAR in their own show, in front of their families and friends, and show off the tricks they learned that day.

Special thanks to the volunteers who helped us with the workshop, as well as Julie Eng, James Alan, Joe Culpepper, Suleyman Fattah and Ellise Ramos for donating their Saturday afternoons to make My Magic Hands happen.

We look forward to the next year and may magic and wonder continue to be shared all around…

Casting Call

26 Jun

Magicana is looking for experienced entertainers, specializing in magic, dance and music for a variety of community programs to be conducted in the Greater Toronto Area. If interested, please contact us along with your theatre and entertainment experience.

We are looking for somebody who can fulfill any of these categories:

1. Instructors/Assistants for Children’s Programming

We are looking for entertainers to instruct/lead a variety of children’s workshops and multiple week courses at schools, community centres and hospitals. This will involve teaching simple magic tricks and guiding children in performing these tricks for an audience. This can include young children (6-10) or youth (10-16).

2. Entertainers for Senior’s Programming

We also conduct dozens of shows each year at nursing and retirement communities in and around the Greater Toronto Area. We are especially interested in engaging magic geared for an adult audience that’s easy to see, hear and simple to understand, but are open to other types of entertainers as well.

Please note that a screening process is involved in working with vulnerable groups like children and seniors. This includes reference checks and criminal record checks.

Please send your contact info and entertainment experience to:

Ellise Ramos
Program Coordinator
(T): 416 913 9034
(@): ellise@magicana.com

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