Magic has always had the power to amaze and to shock. It also has the power to help and heal. For the patients at the Children’s Center at Sabal Palms in Florida they are being introduced to magic as┬átherapy. By using the slight of hand skills they are able to regain some of the motor skills they have lost while at the same time doing something that makes themselves, and others smile. Local magician Kevin Spencer started the program after suffering an injury many years ago:

“By teaching magic, I like to say that we are sneaking in therapy through the back door,” Spencer said. “The act of doing magic helps patients work on their motor skills, helps with self-esteem, and even helps them relearn social skills, conversational skills, too.”

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