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ORGANIZATION: Open Heart Magic

Open Heart Magic
Bring joy and magic to sick kids

Open Heart Magic (OHM) is a nonprofit organization that inspires anxious kids dealing with difficult illness, unexpected hospital stays, and frightening medical situations, to sit up, laugh, and face their situation with courage through a personal bedside magic interaction.

Every time a person walks into a child’s hospital room, the child expects to be poked, scanned, drugged, or receive more bad news. This fear causes kids to lose energy, hope, and ultimately withdraw from their treatment, and their families.

As a volunteer Hospital Magician, you will get to change that. You will walk in and bring laughter, hope, wonder, and strength to vulnerable kids.

OHM is currently recruiting top-notch folks to join this amazing community of volunteers to help sick kids get their magic back.

Our volunteers tell us that their visits are the best part of their week - they leave energized and inspired. As a Hospital Magician, not only will you perform magic one-on-one at kids’ bedsides, you’ll also empower them by teaching them a magic trick. Because we believe doctors can’t heal everything and that laughter is the best medicine. We believe in helping sick kids get their magic back.

No Magic Background Necessary - Learn Everything at Magic University

You don’t need to know magic to be a Hospital Magician! OHM teaches it all in Magic University, a 12-week course with a blend of in-person sessions, virtual meetings, online video, and solo practice. Experienced Magic U Trainers teach professional level magic, at no cost to volunteers, to certify our volunteers to work one-on-one at a patient’s bedside.

Bedside Magic (r) at Advocate Children’s (Oak Lawn) - Schedule and Location

The hospital is located in Oak Lawn, IL, at 4440 West 95th Street. Hospital service is on Monday and Thursday evenings, as well as Saturday mid-mornings. This is a set schedule, with limited spots available. So, while advancing to Magic University is not guaranteed, the more hospital interest and availability one has, the more spots there are for potential placement. Please consider selecting as many hospitals that interest you when applying.

Magic University Location and Training Schedule

Chicago Trainings are held once a year in the fall, typically starting around September. Training sessions last two-hours and are are held on Mondays at 6:00 PM. The in-person Magic U sessions will be held in the Loop, easily accessible by public transportation.


  • A reliable schedule for service
  • Dedicated, high energy, fun, outgoing individuals with a sense of humor
  • Interest in learning magic, and commitment to master this art
  • Sensitivity and social skills to work with kids and families
  • Any performance experience is highly regarded
  • Previous experience in volunteering is highly regarded

Your commitment to learning the magic, mastering the protocol, and being present at all scheduled service times is paramount to being a Hospital Magician.

These kids will be depending on you to come and do magic. A commitment of at least one year of service is required - due to the extensive training investment provided by OHM. You will need to consistently provide service every other week as part of the program.

Due to the sensitive nature of the service Open Heart Magic provides and hospital requirements, applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

If you are interested in becoming a Hospital Magician and want to be a part of an incredible community that helps bring joy to thousands of kids in hospitals then please click "APPLY NOW." You'll receive an email with more information and the application to fill out and return. Thanks so much for your interest in Open Heart Magic, we can't wait to hear from you.

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About Open Heart Magic


67 E. Madison Street, Suite 1504, Chicago, IL 60603, US

Mission Statement

Open Heart Magic’s mission is to improve the hospital experience for sick kids and their families through our Hospital Bedside Magic programs. To help sick kids get their magic back.


Open Heart Magic (OHM) is a Chicago based 501(c)(3) children’s charity focused on improving the medical experience for sick kids in hospitals.

Our specially-trained volunteer Hospital Magicians visit children and teens in pediatrics and use magic to engage and empower kids dealing with challenging medical situations. The personalized interactions create magical moments to reengage curiosities and give a greater sense of control.

In 2019, Hospital Magicians reached over 12,000 kids at their hospital bedsides. Open Heart Magic currently partners with 14 hospitals in Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Cleveland:

  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
  • University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital
  • Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn
  • Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge
  • Rush Children's Hospital
  • Central DuPage Hospital
  • Northwest Community Hospital
  • NorthShore Evanston Hospital
  • La Rabida Children’s Hospital
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital
  • C.S. Mott Children's Hospital (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH)
  • University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (Cleveland, OH)


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We'll work with your schedule.


Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn4440 West 95th StreetOak Lawn, IL 60453






  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours every other week after training and orientation.

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