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)
I think it's safe to say that almost everyone remembers seeing a magician when they were young...and without a doubt, it was a fond memory! OHM is so great because it provides the opportunity to create those lifelong memories, and at a time when kids need it the most.
I've been a bed-side magician for almost 4 years now, and I know without a doubt that I'll be doing this for the rest of my life. The organization is filled with fun, energetic, passionate and committed people, and continues to grow with energetic individuals, helping us bring joy to more and more children each year.
I've never been a volunteer with an organization that provides as much support for its volunteers. While Open Heart Magic provides an even greater amount of appreciation for the work you do, the real appreciation comes from the children and families you meet. The magic isn't in the deck of cards you'll carry, or the handful of foam bunnies you'll have in your pocket, but in the way you'll empower these kids to perform a little magic of their own. I've been involved with Open Heart Magic for almost six years, and have been a magician for more than five. It's an amazing, selfless experience that continues to reward.
I never would have guessed that something as simple as a few magic tricks in a hospital room could have such a tremendous impact. Being able to provide smiles and laughter for a child and their family, in an environment where those are usually hard to come by, leaves me not only feeling great about being involved but also leaving me wanting to do more.
I feel that by volunteering with Open Heart Magic I have been able to make a difference in kids' lives when it is at it's toughest. Nobody enjoys being in the hospital, kids most of all, and by giving just a few hours of my time I'm able to let them forget where they are or why they're there.
Volunteering has quickly become the highlight of my week, and I always look forward to when it's my week to go perform bedside magic.
I have been a lawyer for 35 years. It has been very rewarding. But nothing compares to the reward of bringing joy to children and their families at the hospital by performing magic and teaching the child how to perform magic too. All day long doctors, nurses, technicians and others come into the child's room to test,examine, prod and diagnose. I come in with the simple greeting,"Hi, my name is Jed. I am an Open Heart magician. Want to see some magic?" Their eyes light up. For a few minutes in their day magic is the focus of their life. And the their smiles heal the worries of their mothers and fathers. I have performed card and coin tricks since childhood. Nothing compares with the joy of giving the gift of magic to a child and his/her family.