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Topic: Performing for people on dialysis
Message: Posted by: Remarkable Marco (Sep 22, 2013 11:15PM)
I told my wife I'd like to contact the local hospital to see if they are interested in having me perform some effects for free for the patients. This way I can practice, and still do something good for the community. My wife suggested the idea of contacting the section that does dialysis, as there would be many patients there who should appreciate entertainment and distraction. This sounds nice, but I would not want to put together a show where the audience cannot leave the room if they don't like it [this may sound like a bad joke, but it is an actual concern]. There may also be people who brought books, movies on their iphones, etc, and would prefer to spend time doing their stuff. On the other hand maybe it can be done one-on-one, going from person to person a la table hopping, and only for those who are interested? I don't know, it's just a thought. Has anyone tried anything like this? Any experience to share, ideas, etc?
Message: Posted by: Emanuel Chester (Sep 26, 2013 03:34AM)

Yes, being stuck to a dialysis machine and not being able to leave may cause friction. So, set up your show in such a way that it is easy and convenient for you to leave, should friction occur.

Make sure the wardens and nurses know you're coming, so they can inform the patients, and big surprises can be prevented.

Present yourself adequately, let your public know who you are and why you are there. This way, if you are doing 1-on-1s, the other patients won't be wondering whether you're a relative or a new doctor or perhaps a laywer. And, if you are doing a show for the entire room, all spectators will already have the mindset of a magic show spectator. As much as you play a role as a magician, spectators play a role too.

Other than that: bring wonder and miracle.

Good luck!
Message: Posted by: jcrabtree2007 (Sep 26, 2013 08:41PM)
Hi Marco,
I would suggest volunteering at a children's hospital, veteran's home, or senior center.
I do not believe that performing in a dialysis center would be the best option. That is a patient care area. Concerns for HIPPA , infection control, and quiet would be a concern for the facility. With that said, there are good opportunities to volunteer your services in other areas of a hospital or health care setting. Probably not though in the dialysis room or a patient care area.
I speak from the experience of being a nurse for 24 years. Longer than I've been a magician. :)
Jim Crabtree RN
Message: Posted by: Remarkable Marco (Sep 26, 2013 08:55PM)
Thank you both for your feedback. The idea seemed good, but in effect hte more I think about it the more impractical it appears to be. Yes, I guess I'll bring my free magic to other places!
Message: Posted by: hankinsk (Feb 9, 2014 09:58PM)
I was had the opportunity to perform magic for the local children's hospital here in Louisville. They all had a wonderful time watching my wacky washing machine and a couple of others I have. After the show I was able to do some strolling close-up magic for some adult patients. One patient was dealing with cancer treatments and he was happy for the entertainment.
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Feb 14, 2014 09:14AM)
I perform at a local children's hospital and they want to get me over to dialysis occasionally to perform for certain people.

Things to keep in mind are:

It may take you months to get an interview, get approved, take certain classes, provide proof of your immunizations, etc., before you can actually perform in a hospital. But it is worth it!

You can do some in dialysis, all you need to do is ask the nurses if it is okay and the intended person if they are interested. Introduce yourself, chat, be friendly and tell them why you're there. If they say no, smile, wish them a nice day and move on. No harm done.

You need to keep in mind patient mobility when performing in hospitals. I'm changing some of the effects I take to the children's hospital so that everything I do can be seen from the perspective of people lying down in a bed. Some people may not be able to get up. When I go to the VA and perform for the vets it's different- they can get up, sit up, etc.

So don't give up too quickly on the dialysis idea- it just might work!
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Feb 18, 2014 09:36AM)
I performed for a little girl on dialysis yesterday. It went fine. She had a great time and laughed the whole while. There's nothing wrong with it as long as the people are receptive to it. One way to find out is to get the nurses to ask the people if they would like to see some magic for you.