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Their eyes glowed with excitement as they sprung jointed paper clips into the air from a dollar bill. They even individually tied a knot in the center of ropes with their arms crisscrossed diagonally across their shoulders.
Sounds of joy and personal accomplishment quickly echoed throughout the walls of the Chet Cole Life Enrichment Center at the Key Training Center in Lecanto on Wednesday as residents created their own magic.
What they weren’t aware of was that the therapeutic use of magic was for rehabilitation.
Kevin Spencer, professional magician and assistant professor of occupational therapy at the University of Alabama, traveled to two Key Training Center locations for 30-minute Hocus Focus magic and occupational therapy sessions.
The simple magic tricks aligned with national Common Core State Standards of learning and encouraging problem solving, critical thinking, observational techniques and cooperative learning.