Magic coming to Stowe Mt.’s Peak Performing Arts Center

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 29, 2011 8:49 am

The Spencers Theatre of Illusion returns to the stage of the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 7 at 8pm.

THEATRE OF ILLUSION is the premiere theatrical illusion production touring theatres and performing arts centers around the world. Critics describe the show as all the great elements of a Broadway production combined with the high energy of a rock concert reaching beyond the realms of a magic show and into the world of theatrical spectacle! (Star Telegram, TX)

Kevin Spencer of The Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion is dedicated to the art of illusion, both on and off the stage. This visit to the Stowe area includes more than a stage performance. The Spencer’s will bring two unique programs into the community that integrate simple magic tricks into physical rehabilitation and special education.

In a business rife with imitation, The Spencer’s take pride in doing thingstheir own way, breaking the stereotypes that are so entrenched in their art form. They are one the world’s most recognized magical entertainers. In 2009, they were bestowed magic’s highest honor, the Merlin Award for International Magicians of the Year joining the ranks of Henning, Copperfield, and Penn & Teller. Among their many other accolades, they have also been named Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year an amazing six times.

HEALING OF MAGIC – Empowering Therapists with New Treatment Tools

On May 5, Kevin Spencer of the Spencer’s: Theatre of Illusion will spend the day at Fletcher Allen Hospital (Burlington, VT) in the rehabilitation department. The day will begin by conducting workshops with the therapists (physical, occupational, speech, and recreation) training them in the concepts of “magic therapy.” Therapists will learn how to motivate their patients by using simple magic tricks in their therapy sessions. The afternoon is set-aside to small group and individual patient sessions so therapists can experience, firsthand, how the program works. He will also be working with the therapists at Copley Hospital (Morrisville, VT) on May 6.

In 1989, Kevin Spencer founded the HEALING OF MAGIC program as a result of a life-changing car accident that left him in neurological intensive care with a closed brain injury and lower spinal cord injury. After a year of physical and occupational therapy, he was challenged to find more motivating and exciting ways to help patients achieve therapeutic goals. Working with rehabilitation therapists, he developed more than 50 simple magic tricks that help patients with dexterity, coordination, and cognitive abilities. Today the program is being used in more than 2,000 facilities in over 30 countries around the world. Kevin Spencer is the leading expert on the therapeutic use of magic tricks in physical and psychosocial rehabilitation. He is an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Department of the University of Alabama in Birmingham (one of! the most innovative and nationally ranked programs in the country).

For more information on HEALING OF MAGIC, visit – Fletcher Allen Hospital: Steve Eyler, Director of Rehab Therapies, 802-847-6921 Copley Hospital: Ellen Adams, Director of Rehabilitation, 802-888-8668

HOCUS FOCUS – Using Magic Tricks to Impact Children with Learning Challenges

HOCUS FOCUS is a wonderful program developed in 2009 to build confidence and self-esteem in students with varying degrees of educational challenges and abilities, especially those with Autism, ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorders, and Learning Disabilities. The activities are motivational, promote positive self-expression, and reinforce key skills needed for student success. It allows kids to understand that success can be achieved through hard work and attention to task. What HOCUS FOCUS brings to education is nothing short of magical!

On May 3-4, Kevin Spencer will be working with the Stowe/Morrisville School District to bring this program into the classroom. By learning to levitate a pencil, students can better understand gravity; through simple mathematical calculations, they can read one another’s minds; and with a piece of rope, they can learn measurement, sharpen their observational techniques, and improve their problem solving skills. When students are engaged and excited, they can learn anything!

Kevin Spencer’s extensive knowledge of education makes him a popular presenter at numerous international education conferences. In the next few months, he will address the International Scientific Conference on Rehabilitation in Minsk, Belarus; the International Society for Teacher Education in Kristiansand, Norway; and the International Conference on Special Education in Windhoek, Namibia Africa.