Frequently Asked questions
Below are some common questions & answers but if you still have any questions please get in touch via the contact page.
the Amazing Magic Club is for young people, aged 7-16 years old, who have clinical signs of hemiplegia. It is advantageous if participants also have an interest in magic/performance/theatre.
We will welcome any young person aged 7-16 to the Amazing Magic Club.
the Amazing Magic Club will take place this year in Sydney CBD, Newcastle CBD, Brisbane CBD, Melbourne and a few more unreleased locations. You can check where the next Amazing Magic Club is taking place under the Register Page. You will be notified of the exact location once registered on the program.
the Amazing Magic Club takes place in the school holiday break periods.
the Amazing Magic Club is a fun and safe place for young people with hemiplegia to learn scaled and adapted magic tricks that encourage the use of both hands. The repetitive action of practicing these tricks can help build up strength and dexterity in the affected hand and arm, and consequently help to increase independence. The performance skills taught as part of the magical learning experience are used to increase the young people’s communication skills, confidence, self-esteem and emotional wellbeing. The Amazing Magic Club is based on Breathe Magic, a program in the UK. During 2014 we are introducing this program to Australia for the first time. The Breathe Magic program has demonstrated that it significantly improved hand/arm movement.
Yes, young people should be able to attend all sessions. This is important as each session builds on previous skills learnt. It is also important for the practical progress of your child. Attendance for the two weeks is very important to make the most of this magical opportunity and to work on other functional goals identified at the beginning of the workshops.
All young magicians will be supported one on one by a specially trained Magic Helper most often an occupational therapy or other allied health student. Accredited Occupational Therapists lead the therapy side of the program working alongside the magicians and will guide the students so they can assist each young magician individually.
Yes, unfortunately we can only accept young people who are currently attending mainstream schools. Although each child will be allocated a mentor every day of the program, each child must be able to undertake simple daily tasks independently, remember simple sequences of three to four steps and participate in group activities.
Unfortunately we cannot accept young people on the program if they have any overt seizure activity. Young people should also be sufficiently independent (for example be able to go to the toilet unattended).
Each day at the magic club will include practicing and learning of magic tricks, theatre work such as making magician hats, vests and wands and also bimanual play which includes gross motor activities such as ball games. Both hands will be encouraged in every task throughout the day.
No, you will be contacted by our Occupational Therapist before the club to establish a baseline of current hand/arm movement and also to develop some functional goals that can be achieved during the two-week club. Once your expression of interest has been received and enrolment approved you will be contacted for further details. During the Amazing Magic Club we encourage families to assist their young person’s practice each night.
You need to fill in an expression of interest form for the location and school holiday period your child can attend. You can fill in the form here. You will then be contacted by the Arts Health Institute to assess your child’s suitability.
Please contact the Arts Health Institute office and they will be able to help you out via our contact page or firstname.lastname@example.org
Breathe Arts Health Research is a social enterprise. They design creative approaches to healthcare that improve health outcomes for patients, staff and communities. The Breathe Arts Health Research Magic Camps have been developed using six years of research in the United Kingdom and they have trained the Arts Health Institute to to deliver the program in Australia and New Zealand. For more information see their website www.breatheahr.org.
The Arts Health Institute integrates the arts into health care through research, education and national programs. Their innovative and evidence-based programs are designed to foster improved health and wellbeing, promote happiness and joy, and inspire greater social connection. For more information see our website.