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Kuzushi
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Obviously discretion is warranted, but assuming that, I think it is a wonderful opportunity to interact with people and make them feel at ease.
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On Sep 19, 2012, highcard wrote:
I would think that a lot of hospitals would not appreciate magic in an emergency room setting. That could potentially be very offensive to those who are waiting for people with serious injuries, even if you're not focused on them. Especially if they find out you are a staff member - people tend to think that if every staff member isn't busy, then they're waiting for no reason.


That's a very good point. I do however think that the odd trick might go a LONG way in making someone's day a heck of a lot better. But you'd have to be very aware of the situation. I do think that some of the staff might really appreciate a bit of light hearted magic every now and then though.
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On Feb 28, 2015, Harris wrote:
Although I have used magic on hospital Chemical Dependency units ,
I never used magic while consulting in the E. R.

I can see it useful by the right staff and right patient moment.

My thanks for sharing there and here.


I have used magic many times in Adult Detoxification units. People appreciate a bit of levity and I often explain how they can 'escape' from the throes of addictions.

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Thanks for sharing Ray. ( and others)

It is good to bring light into dark places.
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Standing ovation for the folks that go above and beyond, using magic to help patients take their minds off their fears for a few moments. We need more of these daily heroes in our communities!

Hopefully, others in the same position will be inspired by how these folks are using magic in such a positive way!
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On Sep 19, 2012, highcard wrote:
I would think that a lot of hospitals would not appreciate magic in an emergency room setting. That could potentially be very offensive to those who are waiting for people with serious injuries, even if you're not focused on them. Especially if they find out you are a staff member - people tend to think that if every staff member isn't busy, then they're waiting for no reason.


That's a very good point. I do however think that the odd trick might go a LONG way in making someone's day a heck of a lot better. But you'd have to be very aware of the situation. I do think that some of the staff might really appreciate a bit of light hearted magic every now and then though.

I am in the medical field and in my personal experiences, I have found the exact opposite to be true. Sure there is always a time and place and use common sense, but people have always responded very positively to my magic, including families waiting on their loved ones.
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Performing in this sort of environment is what magic is all about.
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I've been a Nurse for 27 years and have been doing magic for just about as long. I've always found that it was a great ice breaker, especially when dealing with children. Either some stickers from my personal collection or a simple trick. I've spent the last 15 years in the Emergency Dept. (Level 2 Trauma Center). I mainly only do magic for children in the ED (when time allows) Not only does the magic allow for a better patient experience but it also saves time in getting the child to cooperative. Children are usually pretty terrified of the Hospital (the great unknown) and although the performance may take a minute away from other duties, I save the time on the back end by not involving 3-4 other nurses holding a child down for an IV for 5-10 minutes.
Here is a Nursing Tip . If I have to start an IV, I've also realized that after I show the child some magic, I can make the sharp needle disappear leaving just the soft flexible plastic catheter (nurses will know what I'm talking about). I'll show the child the plastic catheter, maybe poke at mom (it doesn't hurt) and let the child handle the plastic catheter. Their fear of the needle is much eliminated. Its not the needle that brings fear to the patient, its the anticipation of the needle. I'm very good with the needle and rarely miss. IV's don't hurt much when done right (usually) and I don't hold children down for IV's. They go very smoothly. I only recommend this method if you are very adept at starting IV's. If you miss or have the dig with the needle, you've lost the trust and confidence of the child. But if your skills warrant the risk, you will find that kids do very well with this method. Just a thought.
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Here is a Nursing Tip . If I have to start an IV, I've also realized that after I show the child some magic, I can make the sharp needle disappear leaving just the soft flexible plastic catheter (nurses will know what I'm talking about). I'll show the child the plastic catheter, maybe poke at mom (it doesn't hurt) and let the child handle the plastic catheter. Their fear of the needle is much eliminated. Its not the needle that brings fear to the patient, its the anticipation of the needle. I'm very good with the needle and rarely miss. IV's don't hurt much when done right (usually) and I don't hold children down for IV's. They go very smoothly. I only recommend this method if you are very adept at starting IV's. If you miss or have the dig with the needle, you've lost the trust and confidence of the child. But if your skills warrant the risk, you will find that kids do very well with this method. Just a thought.


This is the best use of medical magic I know of. For the clinician with good IV skills, showing a trick first creates a trust factor. And it's an instant distraction turning fear into cheer!Being a magic nurse is a real super power!
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Lately I've been bringing my ukulele when going with someone to Outpatient Surgery.
It's music that is the magic.
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Interesting read always thought the seriousness of the environment will not be too good for magic.
But being able to use magic as "an instant distraction turning fear into cheer" as NurseRob said it, really change my mind toward whether it be appropriate performing in hospitals.
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Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum and would like to thank you for letting me in Smile

I'm quite new to performing magic but have always enjoyed it. Decided to take it up again with my eldest! Oh boy, we both have jumped in full on!

As a clinician in the paediatric field, I find magic really does do wonders. Not just motivating the kids themselves but their family members and the rest of the staff in the wards/clinic. After a tough day or even in the middle of a tough day, with some real sad stories, a little bit of magic really helps everyone go on.

In fact on a personal level, magic has helped me pull through and motivate me with my own medical issues. Just watching a trick well executed is motivating. Seeing the excitement it brings to others is priceless and pushes me to try and be better and bring more to the table quite literally!

On that topic, I was wondering what kind of magic you as a community have found useful/most appropriate in the hospital Setting? Any tips and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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My friend David has been killing it with mixing medicine and magic:

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-new......-n711096
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I'm a firefighter/EMT and have used magic many times over the past 23 years to help calm a child, ease the tension or pass the time. It's not something I do all the time and the situation has to be right for me to do it. Obviously I'm not going to delay or forgo any of my responder duties but I've found that sometimes in a scary situation a little bit of brevity can go a long way. We are there to try to make this persons bad day a little better and I've found that judicious use of magic can certainly help.
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On Apr 25, 2017, Station10 wrote:
I'm a firefighter/EMT and have used magic many times over the past 23 years to help calm a child, ease the tension or pass the time. It's not something I do all the time and the situation has to be right for me to do it. Obviously I'm not going to delay or forgo any of my responder duties but I've found that sometimes in a scary situation a little bit of brevity can go a long way. We are there to try to make this persons bad day a little better and I've found that judicious use of magic can certainly help.



That's awesome to hear. Would love to know what kind of magic tricks you do and what you find works best
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I usually don't come prepared to do any magic, but if the situation presents itself I'll make do with what I have available. I usually have a coin or two on me and will do a few simple coin vanishes or productions, maybe make it go through my body. I do sometimes carry a thumb tip on me and will make a silk appear & disappear. In the back of the ambulance I'll use tissues and do a torn & restored tissue or wad it up and make it disappear.

Like I said magic isn't my primary concern but I do find it a useful tool. Sometimes the best medicine you can provide is a smile. Get them to calm down and refocus on something else.
John Gilmore

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I usually don't come prepared to do any magic, but if the situation presents itself I'll make do with what I have available. I usually have a coin or two on me and will do a few simple coin vanishes or productions, maybe make it go through my body. I do sometimes carry a thumb tip on me and will make a silk appear & disappear. In the back of the ambulance I'll use tissues and do a torn & restored tissue or wad it up and make it disappear.

Like I said magic isn't my primary concern but I do find it a useful tool. Sometimes the best medicine you can provide is a smile. Get them to calm down and refocus on something else.


Brilliant. I know what you mean with priorities. But sometimes it helps build rapport. I use mine in a clinic setting to settle a scared child before a scan.. I find something as simple as lit up thumb tips and simple rubber band routines help
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I'm not a medic, but, I have "39 summers" of experience in summer camp staffing. When 11 year olds, visit the first aid "station", they're often nervous, and in mild shock.

Patience, kindness, and, occasionally a bit of magic, really is helpful!

The key word, is: KISMIF. (acronym for "Keep It Simple Make It Fun") --No magic shop props! T&R Tissues, cotton balls are great impromptu sponge balls, Rubber band bits, in Scout camp, I always had a 4' piece of rope for knot tricks.

Occasionally, we would have an MD, who would spend a week of his vacation, in residence. I was sometimes useful when he had to do a bit of suturing!

Of course, discretion, and common sense, are important!
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I'm not a medic, but, I have "39 summers" of experience in summer camp staffing. When 11 year olds, visit the first aid "station", they're often nervous, and in mild shock.

Patience, kindness, and, occasionally a bit of magic, really is helpful!

The key word, is: KISMIF. (acronym for "Keep It Simple Make It Fun") --No magic shop props! T&R Tissues, cotton balls are great impromptu sponge balls, Rubber band bits, in Scout camp, I always had a 4' piece of rope for knot tricks.

Occasionally, we would have an MD, who would spend a week of his vacation, in residence. I was sometimes useful when he had to do a bit of suturing!

Of course, discretion, and common sense, are important!



KISMIF love it. Great tips!
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