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NurseRob
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Hi Again magic friends! Its been a long time away from the forum for me, but I am back for a quick update. I am not working full time in the hospital any longer, and am now a Clinical Director for a medical software company specializing in emergency medicine. This career fell into my lap unexpectedly through some side consulting I was doing, and the deal was too good to pass up. There was a major downside to leaving the hospital though, which I struggled with for a long time: I was no longer caring for patients, and doing what I loved. Magic took a back seat, and was demoted to hobby status, and not a very active one at that. My new career has enhanced my life greatly, no question, but my motivation for doing magic was gone as a result.

Until recently, when through some old contacts, I was asked to be a camp nurse at a special weekend camp for medically challenged kids. GAME ON for The Magic Nurse!! After a year of no magic, I dusted off the best of what I knew and jumped right back in. This led to an additional opportunity to perform and teach a magic class at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, where I will be returning as often as I like to demonstrate therapeutic magic effects geared at empowering kids with mobliity impairments, to learn and perfom magic. My first class was this week, and it could not have gone better. Though I still miss the trenches of patient care, I now have a reason to wake up and practice my double lift again.

I want to thank my dearest friends Christopher Lyle and Shel Higgens for their continuing support and magical mentoring, even through the dry spells. Good magic friends are awesome to have!
Ut imago est animi voltus sic indices oculi ~
The face is a picture of the mind as the eyes are its interpreter ~Cicero
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Today I'm helping physicians train on our software in the ER of a Tuscon hospital. I will of course be interspersing my techno speak with some useful magic effects for those who are receptive. My favorite effect for use with physicians is what I call the "universal multi cultural Wong-Baker pediatric pain scale detection meter" Which uses the smiley faces hot rod paddle which I give them afterwards. It is a great opener to begin a meaningful dialogue in the use of magic in the clinical practice setting. It's going to be fun playing in an ER again for the week.
Ut imago est animi voltus sic indices oculi ~
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NurseRob
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Where have all the magical medical professionals gone? I blame ObamaCare!
Ut imago est animi voltus sic indices oculi ~
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I'm hoping to add some stories for this thread in the future; for now I wanted to say Thank You and congratulation to all of you compassionate people. You inspire me.
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I'm a medical student, and I became really interested in doing magic during my pediatrics rotation (which I am still doing). Even though I hate pediatrics with a serious passion, I still like bringing a smile to the faces of my patients. It is not only a stress reliever for them, but it is also a serious relaxer for me. So, I'm working on a variety of the card found in an orange trick, and I'll present it to all my colleagues on call in the next week.

I've thought about going to the medical school anatomy lab to do a very disturbing version of a found card trick....like....card magically found in a brain.....and putting that on youtube. But ultimately I decided against that because it has the potential to create controversy, and I don't want any of that :-/. Even though it would be pretty awesome to load a card into a brain!
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Francisco,

I can't recall the name of the fellow who did it, but I recall seeing an amazing video demonstrating the power of robotic surgery. He had someone pick a card, then surgically peeled the grape on camera with the robot, revealing a very tiny card hidden underneath. Absolutely astonishing! Maybe you can try something like that, still amazing but a lot less graphic than what you suggested?
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On 2011-09-04 02:07, FranciscoDancon wrote:
...I've thought about going to the medical school anatomy lab to do a very disturbing version of a found card trick....like....card magically found in a brain.....and putting that on youtube. But ultimately I decided against that because it has the potential to create controversy, and I don't want any of that :-/. Even though it would be pretty awesome to load a card into a brain!


grossing me out a little there doc..
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On 2011-09-04 02:07, FranciscoDancon wrote:
I'm a medical student, and I became really interested in doing magic during my pediatrics rotation (which I am still doing). Even though I hate pediatrics with a serious passion, I still like bringing a smile to the faces of my patients. It is not only a stress reliever for them, but it is also a serious relaxer for me. So, I'm working on a variety of the card found in an orange trick, and I'll present it to all my colleagues on call in the next week.

I've thought about going to the medical school anatomy lab to do a very disturbing version of a found card trick....like....card magically found in a brain.....and putting that on youtube. But ultimately I decided against that because it has the potential to create controversy, and I don't want any of that :-/. Even though it would be pretty awesome to load a card into a brain!


You can dress it as a mentalism trick : P
NurseRob
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I thought it would be good to revive this thread with an update. I have been back to camp and was magic nurse for some very appreciative kids with complex medical condition at camp John Marc this spring, and will be going again in June. I really enjoying the camp experience, teaching magic to great kids: empowering them to perform new skills, in spite of their medical challenges.

I wish especially to thank Christopher Lyle for joining me last Saturday to entertain kids with Spina Bifida at a special event for them held by the Spina Bifida Association of North Texas. The kids and their families were so thrilled by your performance, and I am so blessed to have you as my friend!

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A lot is happening lately in my quest to bring magic to patients, please help with quick visit to my website and follow the link to cast your vote to help me qualify for a grant. here is a link to a recent show put on by the Spina Bifida kids at a summer camp magic class I held 2 weeks ago. Please help me continue to empower these patients by supporting me with your vote: http://youtu.be/MmPHWsZA2oo


It is crunch time and this is my last chance to get votes for a chance at a grant to help my MagicNurse.com mission to help pediatric patients through the performing arts. I need 169 more votes before midnight Saturday to stay in the running. Please help and pass on to your friends. Go to http://www.missionsmallbusiness.com for more details.
Thank you so much, and Bless you for helping!

1. Go to http://www.missionsmallbusiness.com/
2. In the lower right-hand corner, click on Log In & Support
3. A box will pop up - select Log In With Facebook (or equivalent)
4. The Small Business Vote page will appear. Scroll to the bottom
5. Type Magicnurse.com in the search box and hit Enter
6. MagicNurse.com shows up. Click Vote to the right of that
7. All done. You can then "share" your vote and let others know about it.
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This is a great thread. I'm a primary care care doc and have been a long time fan of magic. Finally got back into it about a year ago but still with limited performing chops... I wondered about bringing magic into my work (primarily underserved patients with a focus on primary care for mentally ill patients). Any thoughts on appropriate effects for those with severe mental illness? (Probably not a good idea to do too much mentalism/mind-reading with a patient with active schizophrenia!)

Cheers.
Aaron
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Hi Aaron,
I think anything you do to entertain your patients to bridge the caring gap is worthwhile! Find close up tricks that you enjoy most, then try them on your patients. Try to make the story relevant if possible, but having a nice story that has a positive ending leaves the patient with a feel good moment. I like Tricky paddles with the rabbit in the hat, then I give the prop to the patient to keep. I present it with a little story progression. It is a small act of kindness when you diverge a little from the medical interview to present an effect, and leaves a lasting impression of compassion. You will enjoy your days more when you can perform and have a little fun in your work!
Ut imago est animi voltus sic indices oculi ~
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On 2012-05-03 02:20, NurseRob wrote:
I thought it would be good to revive this thread with an update. I have been back to camp and was magic nurse for some very appreciative kids with complex medical condition at camp John Marc this spring, and will be going again in June. I really enjoying the camp experience, teaching magic to great kids: empowering them to perform new skills, in spite of their medical challenges.

I wish especially to thank Christopher Lyle for joining me last Saturday to entertain kids with Spina Bifida at a special event for them held by the Spina Bifida Association of North Texas. The kids and their families were so thrilled by your performance, and I am so blessed to have you as my friend!


I just saw this...

You're very welcome! Smile
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I'm a registered nurse, usually emergency/trauma and also specializing in vascular access. Due to the hospitals being more and more latex free, I recently stopped doing any rubberband magic in them.

Little kids still love the Slydini Toilet Paper Trick... and I started keeping a thumbtip on hand.
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Thumbtips were my former RN Girlfriend's best friend... Thanks so much to all of you for everything you do.
NurseRob
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Sorry I've been away for a bit. I took a humanitarian clown trip with Patch Adams as part of a group of clowns from all over the world to clown in some very distressed environments in Costa Rica. We clowned in a very poor community of Nicaraguan immigrants settled near the City Dump, a childrens hospital, the state psychiatric facility and the prison. check out my photo gallery: http://www.magicnurse.com/apps/photos/

now I am ready to focus on bringing my clowning closer to home!
Ut imago est animi voltus sic indices oculi ~
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Can you share more about how things went at the Psychiatric facility, NurseRob?

I'm curious to know how magic effects go over with that type of patient population in particular and am interested in bringing magic to folks in group homes for the mentally ill but do wonder about how to "appropriately" do this...

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I had one encounter with a woman who was somewhat catatonic with her hands tied with linen ties to the arms of her wheel chair. She was parked away from the other patients in an outside open area. When I approached her she smiled, so I began to interact with her in clown. I juggled my Dube juggling scarves and she watched with interest. I then placed a scarf in each of her hands and began exchanging the scarves between her and I in a juggling pattern, hence making a restrained psychiatric patient part of the juggling act. I could not help but think to myself (in that moment)That through clowning, I have freed her a little bit from her bonds, even if just in her imagination. In those moments while we juggled together, we both escaped the loony bin, and ran away to the circus together. I had many other special moments of discovery, and connected on a human level without the benefit of common language or mental capacity. Love truly is a universal language, where sanity is not required.
Ut imago est animi voltus sic indices oculi ~
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A very useful thread to read upon! I am a dentist myself and I certainly learned a lot here! Thanks!
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Wow, Rob. Finally got back to this thread. thanks for sharing this very touching story. You are so right about connecting with folks.

I'm getting closer to putting together a small show (maybe 30 minutes) that I want to present at local group homes for the mentally ill. I think there's just something wonderful human (and humane) about bringing this kind of entertainment and wonder to folks who otherwise have no access to live performance and engagement.
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