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Bigmac
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As part of a new book project I'm working on I'm looking for anecdotal stories from doctors and other health care workers about their use of magic in their practices. I'm aware of Copperfield's Project Magic but in this case I'm looking for stories of encounters with individual patients in doctor's and dentist's offices, bedside, etc. If you have a story like that or even are willing to give me the names of doctors/dentists/psychologists/nurses you know involved in magic I'd appreciate the information.

Dr. Ralph Mackitosh
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Ralph:
I am not a doctor or a health practioner but I have often done magic for magic week in which my magic has really enlightened and made a difference in the medical mental status of the patients I performed for. I am not sure if you are looking for stories along these lines, but PM me if you are interested.
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Hi Dr Ralph,

I'm a PA who works in ERs in Maine in the summer and teaches medical topics around the country in the winter from my base in Tucson. I am new to using magic in the clinical setting- mostly to calm patients, as an ice breaker, and to impress the rest of the staff that I have more to offer than just my incredible brain! I'd love to discuss with you some of my experiences, and hear some specifics from you on effects which you've used or heard used, in medicine.
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Cool project - is this still going on?
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Bigmac,

My wife is both a magician and a physician. I'm sure she would have some interesting stories but I doubt she would have time to find this thread by accident.

Perhaps sending her a PM on the Café would get her attention faster. Her username on The Café is Lucy.

Good luck on your project.

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Dear Dr. Mackitosh,

I'm not a physician yet, but I did a great deal of volunteer work at the hospital while in high school. I did the usual jobs of checking patients in and stocking procedure rooms, but when things weren't too hectic I would sit with patients in the pre-op and post-op rooms. My magic always made its way into that setting. I definitely took a great deal of touching moments away with me after working that job, finding that I could take people's awareness away from the foreign medical environment and make them feel completely at home. That holds a huge place in my heart. Last December when I competed at nationals as Miss Teen Cleveland, I took on "Magic in Medicine" as my unofficial platform to promote with the judges. The response I received was incredible. People seem to relate very well with the topic, as it focuses on empathy and patient-centered caring, some of the most important aspects of medicine.

I'm currently doing a project similar to yours; I'm writing a research paper on the impact of magic in medicine for my Sociology of Health and Health Care course. If you're still working on this, I would love to exchange stories. I would also like to recommend my IBM sponsor Dr. Bruce Averbook to you. He's an amazing surgeon and accomplished magician who works at the hospital I volunteered at. Also the president of our local ring, Dr. Averbook has been one of my greatest role models in both medicine and magic. I'm sure he would be a great resource for you.

Sincerely,

Angela Funovits
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I'm not certain, but I believe Jeff McBride has an upcoming seminar sprecifically on magic for medical professionals.

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I am a dentist and a magician. I have used magic for many years in my practice, especially with kids. It's amazing the effect that magic can have on a young patient who is a little shy or nervous - even producing a streamer silk using a TT can produce smiles and laughter- I always want my patients to have fun at my office!
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