My Magic Hands is an 8-week program for disadvantaged children, and those in hospitals, designed to build self-esteem, self-confidence, physical dexterity and creativity, all through the guise of learning and performing magic tricks. Funded originally by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the program – now in it’s 10th year – continues because of the generous funding of the Slaight Family Foundation.
The notion for Senior Sorcery, bringing magic shows to immobile seniors in retirement homes was inspired by the community work of the great actor, comedian and troubadour, Tom Kneebone. Magic is the perfect vehicle to bring the young and the old together, creating an intergenerational opportunity while contributing to our community.
While the magic art has been blessed with a number of notable historians over the past 135 years, Dr. Edwin A. Dawes may be preeminent among them. In honour of Dr. Dawes, Magicana and the MCA are pleased to announce the creation of a bursary to assist an individual pursuing doctoral studies related to magic. Applicants are required to submit a request for funding, an abstract of the topic, and evidence of acceptance in a doctoral program to Magicana. Bursaries are awarded based on the recommendation of a committee.