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Open Heart Magic (OHM) is a nonprofit organization that delivers strength, hope, joy, and magic to sick kids in hospitals. As a volunteer Hospital Magician, you’ll bring laughter and wonder to kids who need it most...vulnerable kids facing medical setbacks, scary treatments, or tough hospital stays. OHM is currently recruiting top-notch folks to join this amazing community of volunteers to help sick kids get their magic back.
Quite possibly, the best place to volunteer in Chicago (and beyond!)
Hospital Magicians 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.
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, online meetings, video, and solo practice. Our experienced Magic University Trainers teach professional level magic, at no cost to volunteers.
Times of Service/Hospital Location For This Listing
With the Bedside Magic program returning to Alexian Brothers Hospital in Hoffman Estates in a phased approach, we are currently recruiting with limited spots for service. The schedule will continue to grow as we reach new phases with the hospital, with the end goal of the schedule being Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Hospital Magicians commit to visiting kids once every other week on a set day and time, with each visit lasting approximately 2 hours.
Magic University Location and Training Schedule
Magic University is typically held twice a year with applications open year-round. We are recruiting for our fall session, which will tentatively begin in September 2021, if safe to do so. Training sessions last two-hours and are held weekly 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.
Thanks for checking out the opportunity to help kids. Our next Magic University is scheduled for Fall, typically we do a full application review about 2-3 months to begin reaching out to candidates. We're looking forward to speaking with you!
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 "I WANT TO HELP!" and answer the questions that follow. 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.
By the way, if you would like to find out additional information about Open Heart Magic, then please check out: http://www.openheartmagic.org/
67 E. Madison Street, Suite 1504, Chicago, IL 60603, US
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.
Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital1555 Barrington RdHoffman Estates, IL60169
April 20, 2021
Must be at least 21
Orientation or Training
2 hours once every other week after training and orientation.