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NurseRob
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Thanks for the kind words Turk. Working in a pediatric hospital has been a real blessing for my journey in magic. There is no better purpose for magic than to make these kids forget about their troubles for a time.
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NurseRob
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Anyone have any new stories to tell.. we've been really busy this summer so far...I've learned to move faster, and tighten my routines more. More RN's are calling me out to perform for their patients too..I am surprised my co workers continue to endulge my oddities so regularly.
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Ditto, Rob. Very busy over the past few months.

As I have been making "magic" housecalls to some of my elderly patients over the years, I decided to kick it up a notch and create a formal program, in conjunction with my local hospice. It's called "The Magic of Hospice" whereby I (or some friends) visit hospice patients at their homes (or wherever) and perform close-up/comedy magic for them. We usually end up doing about an hour. It's a lot of fun and extremely rewarding. For some pictures and info on this program, go to http://www.medicine-in-motion.com/magic_of_hospice.htm

Hope y'all are having a fun summer (despite working so hard)!

jeff in san diego

p.s.

On an unrelated matter, I will be working as a volunteer physician for the Sorcerer's Safari Magic Camp in Ontario for one week at the end of this month! Can't wait!
I do tricks that bring pleasure to many. I'm either a magician or a hooker.
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Hello,

I'm a Respiratory Therapist and incorporate Magic when appropriate.

Being that I was a full time professional Magician before I got into Respiratory, Magic is much more rewarding now used as a depression breaker with my Patients. jbrealmagic
NurseRob
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Welcome to the Café JB, glad to have you in this forum as well. You are among friends here!!

Doc, your hospice housecall program looks fantastic. I am so impressed by your courage to take your magic to this patient population. My hat is off to you Jeff, once again you are my medical magic hero!! I think the emotional toll would be a lot higher for the magician, but what an awesome gift to give!

I haven't been to camp in decades, nary a magic one at that...sounds like a great time!
Ut imago est animi voltus sic indices oculi ~
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Hi, everyone!
Yes, it's been busy, but I guess that's not such a bad thing. Anyway, as far as stories go, this morning while passing morning medications I came to a child who has just recently been admitted to our facility and was depressed and agitated and had 30 minutes earlier made a suicide attempt (more of a gesture, or attention-seeking behavior, nonetheless concerning). Staff thought I would have trouble administering her medication, however, after doing my chop-cup routine and card to cell phone, she took her meds, let me treat some wounds on her arm, and let me teach her 2 simple tricks. In the long run, I don't how therapeutic the magic will be, but for the moment, she was amazed and absorbed in something mysterious and challenging and safe. I use magic everyday, and get as much or more out it than my clients.

--Steve Bosque
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I'm not in the profession, but reading these posts has been inspiring! Thanks.
NurseRob
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Hi again medical magic threaders...been missing the green room a lot lately. I will be going to Boston this week for a conference of the American College of Emergency Physicians. I may try to share some medical magic ideas if I have the fortune of meeting Doctors who have an inkling for magic appreciation. We'll see.

check out my pal Shel the escape artist on my You tube channel: MetroplexMagic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS1ueBY59ZM

he may also be seen in the upcoming release by Mario Morris on the Busking school DVDs soon to be released. It has been a real priviledge and honor to work with such a dedicated street performer as my friend SHel. Magic has been a great outdoor adventure for me, as we 've been takin it to the streets when not in the hospital. I hope we have an even greater season in 2010.
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NurseRob
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Oh if you all are twittering, you can follow my tweets I'm: MagicNurseRob
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Awesome stuff Rob! I am also a firefighter/paramedic who performs magic on occasions to help patients keep their minds off certain things. It is a great distraction for patients
Since we can never hope to understand why we are here, if there's anything to understand, the individual should choose a goal and pursue it wholeheartedly, despite the certainty of death and the meaninglessness of action. - Martin Heidegger
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NurseRob,
Just happened to see this post after making one earlier today about performing at my local hospital. What an impressive array of repsonses and ideas. Thank you for the original posting that has spured all of this discussion. I know from personal experience that my heart is filled with joy, compassion and love whenever I perfrom at the hospital or nursing home. I've often driven home with tears brimming in my eyes. May God bless you and all those who perform and bring smiles to the faces for those in need.
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Came up with another spontaneous bit of medical magic today. I was treating a child with urticaria and wanted to demonstrate dermatographism to the mom. I traced an Ace with a diamond next to it using reflex hammer handle. Then forced the card on mom and the prediction slowly revealed itself on her daughter's arm. It was a fun way to teach this sign!
I do tricks that bring pleasure to many. I'm either a magician or a hooker.
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Jay
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Hi everyone! I just found this thread and hope to revitalize it a little bit. My name is Jay and I have been a Registered Nurse for 13 years, and a magician for 9 years. I have been combining the two for those 9 years as well.

I work in an acute physical rehabilitation hospital, and interact with people who have Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Injury, Stroke, Amputation, & joint replacements. My specialty is Spinal Cord Injury, although for the past few years I have been an administrator in the hospital and no longer have direct patient care responsibilities. The good news is that switching from scrubs to a suit and tie means more pockets Smile

I attended Jeff McBride's very first "Magic for the Medical Professional" conference in 2005, and he still refers to me as "New Jersey's best Nurse Magician." I am quite certain that I am the only nurse magician he knows from NJ, but I'll take it!

Thank you all for sharing your stories on this thread, and others. I am inspired by your words and I also love the feeling that magic creates between me and my patients, their families, my staff, and anyone else who happens to be around.

Keep up the great work, and I hope that we can continue to add to this thread with tips, effects, and words of encouragement for our colleagues who, for whatever reason, have not begun their medical/magical journey but want to.

Jay
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MrHoudini666
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Hmm, not sure if I count... but I hope to enter medical school one day. I am a Mentalist.
jocdoc
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Mr. Houdini666 - That may be a plus - you'll find that most medical complaints in a primary care office are psych issues (whether obvious or not)!
I do tricks that bring pleasure to many. I'm either a magician or a hooker.
Check out my magic scrapbook:http://www.medicine-in-motion.com/magic.htm
http://www.sprainedangles.com
Give me an inch and I'll give you a smile!
jocdoc
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I was reminded the other day that this thread has often focuses on performing for patients. However, the other day while rounding I did several impromptu close-up shows for the floor staff in the "units". The nurses, respiratory techs, etc all work hard in a stressful environment. It's a good feeling knowing that I could get them to laugh so hard and amaze them at the same time. Good stress reliever for them! I strongly recommend getting these hardworking staffs involved with your magic as well.
I do tricks that bring pleasure to many. I'm either a magician or a hooker.
Check out my magic scrapbook:http://www.medicine-in-motion.com/magic.htm
http://www.sprainedangles.com
Give me an inch and I'll give you a smile!
sthielman
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Has anyone read the Jay Ungar Book Bringing Magic to Life? If so, how useful was it?
Paul Draper
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Wonderful finding this thread on The Magic Café!

Yesterday I spoke at the McBride Mystery School before his class "Magic for Medical Professionals" and one of the MD's told me about this thread!

:-)

I have a new series of lectures for medical professionals where I combine my background as an Anthropologist and culture expert with the life lessons that I have learned as a professional Vegas Magician/mentalist.

We talk about Communication, Motivation and Change through interactive games and learning simple Magic tricks.

This is a relatively new program for me called "Helping Hospitals Heal" and I would love your thoughts on it. So far I have spent a few weeks with Martin Memorial Health Systems in Florida, IHC in Salt Lake City, VHA SE in Alabama and will soon be working with some campuses in Chicago and Montana.

The book will be coming out this year Smile

Thank you for your thoughts and time!

Paul Draper
http://www.helpinghospitalsheal.com
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I've spent the evening reading through the posts in this thread. It is inspiring to see so many people share their time, energy, and talents with others.

Years ago when we first started HEALING OF MAGIC - with the support and encouragement of Project Magic, David Copperfield, and Julie DeJean - a reporter wrote a great line that has become our "moto":

"Magic wands don't always belong with black hats and rabbits. Sometimes they belong in hospitals where frail hands learn tricks and the magic - the real magic - is in the healing."

This fall I have had the great privilege of conducting several Continuing Education Workshops for therapists and physicians as we toured with our show. This aspect of my work is one of the most significant and meaningful things that I do. I can tell from the posts on these pages that those who have participated in similar projects know that what we experience has such an impact in our own lives.

My exposure to therapists and patients in hospitals led me to work children with Sensory Integration Disorders, EBD, those on the autism spectrum, and dozens of other challenges. I became so intrigued with these kids that I have spent the last 2 years researching and writing a new program called HOCUS FOCUS. It is currently in the hands of about 35 researchers in several countries.

It has been an exciting, frustrating, challenging, and totally encompassing experience. I've learned so much I'm not sure I can put it all into words. But I'm hopeful that the program will help a lot of children.

In the coming weeks, I'll be heading to Hong Kong to speak at the East Asian International Conference on Teacher Education Research. And next summer, I'll be addressing the participants of the International Conference on Special Education in Namibia, Africa. I'm humbled by the opportunities and enthusiastic about the possibilities.

All I can say to everyone is Keep Up The Great Work! It is an incredible thing that you are all doing!

Kevin
http://www.SpencersMagic.com
http://www.MagicTherapy.com
jocdoc
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Jay's book is very good. Lots of good content and I like his writing style. I'd recommend it and Scot Tokar/Harrison Carroll's Side Fx.
I do tricks that bring pleasure to many. I'm either a magician or a hooker.
Check out my magic scrapbook:http://www.medicine-in-motion.com/magic.htm
http://www.sprainedangles.com
Give me an inch and I'll give you a smile!
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