Can performing magic tricks help disabled patients heal? Dr. Oz talks with illusionist David Copperfield about how magic has helped him and how, in turn, he is helping others through his organization Project Magic.
David says magic has been his passion since he was a child. As he grew up, he says he realized the many benefits of performing magic tricks, including improved socialization skills, confidence, dexterity, coordination and memory. "You have to learn certain skills to present magic," he says. "Magic really helped me."
David says his own successes in the industry have motivated him to help others, and he is taking action through his Project Magic organization, which teaches children and adults in hospitals and rehabilitation centers simple magic tricks to help them rehabilitate. "You can feel better about yourself in a very short period of time depending on the kind of magic that you are doing," David says.
Julie DeJean, David's partner in Project Magic, says teaching patients magic tricks can help them with physical activity they might not otherwise be motivated to do. "When one of our patients does a magic trick, they now know how to do something that an able-bodied person can't do, so it's so much more special and more motivating," she says.