My Magic Hands is an eight-week teaching magic program for at-risk youth and for children in hospitals. It is designed to build self-esteem, self-confidence, physical dexterity and creativity as children go through the learning process of discovering how to perform magic tricks. Originally funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the program continues today because of the generous support from 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.