What We Do
What's better than seeing magic bring joy to people who need it most?
MAGIC IS MEDICINE is about matchmaking.
We match magicians with patients in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
Why do we volunteer to share our magic?
What greater satisfaction than replacing frowns with smiles?
What greater sound than hearing laughter in a children's cancer ward?
Daniel performs for children and adults awaiting organ transplants at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and UCSF Family House.
Our volunteer magicians perform free shows for children and adult patients. Our magicians entertain hospitalized veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq & Afghanistan.
Our advisors are physicians and magicians.
Each show is different - depending on the magician and the audience. Our magicians give big stage performances for hundreds to bedside shows for children undergoing chemotherapy. Imagine how a magician can lift the spirits of a lonely child in a hospital room. We also perform for stressed-out doctors and nurses.
Some places where our volunteer magicians have given shows include: VA and children’s hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses and USO centers. Our magicians also have performed at fundraisers: for scholarships for children of slain police officers to centers for the developmentally disadvantaged and for daycare for underprivileged toddlers.
MagicIsMedicine.org also teaches physicians and their parterning physical therapists simple magic tricks developed by David Copperfield to help stroke, Parkinson's and muscular dystrophy pateints regain nueromuscular function and range of motion.
Teaching theraupeutic magic to 250 disabled adults in El Paso, Texas.
Teaching David Copperfield's therapeutic magic tricks to medical staff in El Paso.
Magic knows no borders. Magicians all speak one language, Magic!
Many of our magicians are members of the Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.) - the world’s oldest professional magic society. S.A.M. is a world fellowship of thousands of magicians from the USA to Japan to Israel to Poland.
Our magicians also are members of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.) - the world’s largest organization for magicians, with nearly 12,000 members in 73 countries.
Magic knows no borders. Magicians are an international community. And we all speak one language, Magic!
We get valuable assistance from these non-profit organizations:
Internationally-renowned illusionist David Copperfield's Project Magic gives the gift of magic to people with various physical and developmental disabilities. It combines the talents of magicians and occupational therapists, providing therapeutic training to help improve coordination, visual perception, cognitive skills.
Healing of Magic, founded by International Magician of the Year, Kevin Spencer, has brought the therapeutic benefits of magic to more than 2,000 health-care facilities in 33 countries. Trained magicians and occupational therapists work together to teach sleight of hand to physically-challenged patients to aid in their rehabilitation.
In Panamá, Daniel performed in Spanish for an Emberá native tribe.
Part of the MagicIsMedicine.org mission is about opening minds and erasing borders.