The HEALING OF MAGIC program is a carefully designed, systematic approach to the therapeutic use of simple magic tricks in physical and psychosocial rehabilitation. It is a viable treatment modality that continues to gain wide-spread support from therapists and health care professionals around the world.
In Belarus HEALING OF MAGIC is implementing by the Belarussian Association of the UNESCO clubs.
The most important aspect of this therapy technique is the ability of the patient to transfer the skills learned by performing magic tricks into activities of daily living.
The learning and performing of magic tricks allows the client/patient a means of safely exploring their skill level while providing a fun way of reaching therapeutic goals.
As a treatment modality, it has been utilized in many areas:
Physical Diagnoses – For all physical diagnoses, it is effective in increasing the client’s ability to manipulate objects (dexterity, grasp, and release) as well as gross motor skills.
Brain Injury – Performing magic tricks provides cognitive and perceptual challenges for clients with acquired brain injury.
Spinal Injury – For the spinal cord injured client with limited hand function, it allows for mastery of their environment without requiring skillful hand movements.
Mental Health – In areas of mental health, magic has been utilized to augment process. It is effective in increasing frustration tolerance, task-follow through, concentration, group cooperation and communication and many other goals.
Education – For students who face additional challenges - LD, ADHD, SLD, or any number of other physical and/or psychosocial obstacles - learning magic may have a significant impact on neurodevelopmental fuctions, i.e. attention, memory, language, temporal-sequential ordering, spatial ordering, neuromotor fuctions, social cognition, and higher order cognition.