After the Show Show: Magic tricks help disabled kids
Kevin Spencer talks about his documentary ‘Bag of Tricks’
- Duration 7:12
- Date Mar 11, 2013
Kevin Spencer talks about his documentary ‘Bag of Tricks’
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Welcome to the after the show show for Monday as the day today -- black and -- -- I -- -- is still here and you may know him from his illusionist magic shows that he does all around the country with his wife Cindy.
But he's also dedicated his life to trying to help kids with autism -- well and now kids with disabilities.
And there's something about magic guys.
That helps in that process.
Absolutely captures and holds their attention -- -- fascinated by magic trick.
So bond that thought -- we give each of the overall I checked these out commissioner salad nothing tricky about and they -- -- a rubber bands Magnus paper -- all right it is an enemies of -- piece of rob Celtic the char one.
The medium size one and the long when Missouri it's really cool calm and this is -- -- hocus focus curriculum.
If you take the yes the short end of the road to the short end.
The medium end -- the rope to the medium and and the long end of the rope to the long and they all -- the same here -- about the same here and I should do this.
And the way to run mediums -- -- hope.
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Let me just besides he's.
Asked this to kids -- -- is on -- the level of more.
This is an -- -- isn't the last lesson in the trick we start them up with things that are very easy to.
To kind of coupled with -- motor skills and coordination and learning to follow more complex directions.
And as we work -- they learn harder and harder tricks and this one all all of these tricks have a I'm an academic component to them as well so this one is all about -- So it's either a math or science or language arts component and details about this these are some of the the most amazing kids in the world I have the great privilege when I'm traveling with the show to work with kids and children's hospitals or an Easter seals.
And what we do as we -- and we teach them these simple little tricks.
As a way to build their self esteem or self confidence that I can do exactly and to motivate them to take on so many other challenges in their life.
These little guys are in Russia at that I've had this program and 26 countries so far and that's that the thrust of the documentary bag of tricks.
It's like we were saying as a societies too often we want to look at what they can't do rather than what they can do and with magic.
They have the ability to be -- and saying look what I can do.
So this documentary is all about taking these scares them allowing them to have this platform to perform for people.
And say look at what I can do.
Just -- in the -- there.
Last night I was oh I know -- to stories yeah.
Hundreds of the -- about that the -- sure I was working in hospital in South Florida last year and -- -- -- the little nine year old who I didn't realize it was on the onto -- spectrum and non verbal.
And I'm teaching him some tricks and it's just me and his dad and a couple of -- spare parts and as -- -- on this last one he kind of -- really close to me and he says.
How and why do that.
So I showed him what to do with his hands you know what do upon my arm what do -- do next.
And over the course of twenty minutes we have this amazing conversation -- walked away with three great magic tricks and Israel.
But when he stood up to walk away.
Gave me this gigantic -- and said that's the first time in nine years I've ever heard my son's -- And it's because you know kids on the spectrum especially if they're not gonna say anything unless they have a reason to say something.
And magic it's it's such a great way that happened to those natural curiosity is that they already have that he wanted to learn that -- and he had asked questions in order to do that and that's just one life that you're changing.
I just on the elevator classic chicken and the hotel yet another story that you know everybody's life in one way or another is impacted by people with disabilities one of seven children in the United States -- -- with -- developmental disability won in 88 are diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
So these are.
Big issues there -- gonna impact for society in huge ways.
And it's kind of that you know.
Chain reaction everybody's impacted some -- by somebody who has a friend of relative who has a disability.
I got out of the elevator last night or when we jumped -- and this guy started talking to -- -- here in town for jewelry show and the last thing he says to me is what are you doing here so I'm going to be on FOX & Friends in the morning to talk about magic with disabilities.
And he just got to slow conversations of my son has autism diagnosed at eighteen months -- thirteen now.
Brilliant kid I say this all the time in the minds about -- with a with autism is security cancer because they think in such different ways -- the rest of restive.
But here's the sad thing and he's the Smart kid.
His dad jumped out of the elevator and he said but here's the problem he has no friends.
-- Because he has no social skills so what magic does and what we found two great research is that it builds their confidence and allows them to become social.
They -- metric they want to show it to somebody serve so it helps them.
Get involved in conversations to continue -- conversation.
And what kid when he -- -- magic trick isn't like the coolest kid on the block completely -- but here's the deal made they need funding to do anything on his documentary bag of tricks my wife and -- put a ton of money of of our own money and time into it and we're just.
To that final point we knew that final push to get -- over.
We like to premiere this -- the United Nations -- -- film festival in the fall I mean what a great platform to -- world leaders the opportunity to see what kids around the world.
Are capable of doing when you give them the tools to do.
OK so people are watching and they like to help -- Bag of tricks film dot com they can go there there's a button -- that they can donate to.
Clicked it if everybody would give a dollar we -- are we meet your -- easily.
Well this is a guy who's making a difference in -- how -- -- -- known you by at least tenure at least ten years a long time and and I'm always great to -- I was going to reconnect with you especially when you're doing something that some -- and also I can -- magic -- yeah she can take the 5100 dollar -- from with a five once.
It's been pretty good going to fix your alluding to Atlanta -- you all noticed that I did get to keep the hundreds very long life right.
She's had those very quickly vanishing is -- -- -- -- you do your shows together all across the country.
A what's that would -- to people wanna see the -- -- magic dot com great fun extremely.
-- friendly show we're so so very blessed to be able to do the show literally.
Around the world we just wrapped up a fun tour -- Italy and Spain and Turkey and we are on -- US tour through the end of June and and then in the summer I get to speak how via -- noting the special education conference and Tobago West Indies the summer and then presenting research on.
On autism at the international association for special education conference in Vancouver.
-- -- innocent she really busy -- absolutely.
-- you Wear a million cats he's also an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama right and the occupational therapy so he's he's -- a ton of stuff it's always great seeing you could be here thanks.