Hocus Pocus Project

Magic Empowering Youth and Adults!
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Michael Wiley
Education
New York, New York
United States
10 Team Members

Help us QUADRUPLE the number of youth we serve! 

Since 2007, the Hocus Pocus Project has been brightening the lives of children in hospitals, veterans, and youth at risk, by providing expert, weekly instruction in the art of magic.  The study of magic provides immediate and tangible rewards:

*  Empowers participants by giving them ability to baffle and entertain their peers.

*  Builds confidence and self esteem.

*  Provides distraction from physical pain and duress.

*  Increases the ability to focus on tasks and follow through.

*  Promotes social interaction.

*  Develops social skills and problem-solving abilities.

*  Creates a community of like-minded people.

*  Provides a weekly activity to look forward to that is unique and rewarding.

And yes, that is David Blaine in our cover photo.  He is on the board of our parent organization, the Conjuring Arts Research Center, since its inception in 2003.  The Conjuring Arts Research Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Manhattan which provides a library of over 15,000 magic and magic-related books dating back to the 15th century.

Expansion to all 18 non-secure group Homes!

Since 2009 we have worked with the kids in the New York City juvenile detention system through the Department of Education (DoE) and Division of Youth and Family Justice (DYFJ).  We teach through the DoE's Passages Academy system, which is the education system for the kids in the juvenile detention system comprising seven school sites and 18 group homes.  We have been at the two secure-detention sites, Crossroads and Horizon, since 2009 and the DoE and DYFJ want us to expand to all 18 group homes!

This is AWESOME!

But it will also QUADRUPLE our size - from 6 locations to 24 locations!

So, we need your help!

What We Need & What You Get

We're looking for six months of funding - $150,000.  This is for all 24 locations.  We only hire professional magicians who deliver absolutely inspiring lessons.  Our supply costs include decks of cards, sponge balls, and other magic props. 

Quadrupling our size will mean hiring a coordinator to help handle all the logistics behind classes, magicians, and supply management.  Right now the Hocus Pocus Project is operated out of the archives room of the Conjuring Arts Research Center.  This is a small private library that has RUN OUT OF SPACE FOR BOOKS - so if we hire a new employee, we may have to rent office space.  

Our Stretch Goal

Our stretch goal is $300,000 which would fund all 24 locations for a full year!  Beyond donations of $300,000 would not only allow us to expand to more hospitals and community centers but also would allow us to start expanding nationwide!

If We Do Not Reach Our Goal

If we do not meet our goal we will teach all 24 locations for five months if we have the funds.  Otherwise we will have to teach fewer than the 24 locations that have asked for our classes.  Please help us so we don't have to say no!!!

Please make a pledge right now to help us out!  

PERKS - Get a Magic Lesson with David Blaine!

David Blaine is not only donating his beautiful, vintage-style signed posters, but he's also giving a magic lesson to one donor!  Not to mention, he is giving one group of people a tour of his secret, hidden office in lower-Manhattan!  

We are also giving away signed copies of the New York Times Bestseller, "The Secret Life of Houdini," written by the Hocus Pocus Project and Conjuring Arts Research Center founder, William Kalush.  Johnny Depp has recently begun talks to star as Houdini in the film adaptation of the book!

Other perks include Broadway shows, Billy Joel tickets, and signed copies of "The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter."

The Impact

Here at the Hocus Pocus Project we have seen the incredible effect that magic lessons have on kids and adults.  The fast learning curve gets the participants excited about magic no matter what their background.  We've been at five of our six current locations since 2009 including:

  • Montefiore and NYU-Langone Children's Hospitals (group lessons and bedside visits)
  • Brooklyn VA Hospital
  • The Door Community Center
  • Crossroads and Horizon (since 2011) secure-detention facilities in the Passages Academy system

For many participants, the Hocus Pocus Project provides the only high point of their week and in some cases is the only time a kid's mind is fully engaged and focused.  

Testimonials

"Angelina looks forward to it every week, and I haven’t seen her so interested in something and happy in a long time!  Amazing to see how empowering it is!"
- Leslie Clogston (Child Life Speicialist – Children’s Hospital at Montefiore)


"This program has given the residents confidence and an hour to escape from reality.  I have seen a change in the way they interact with each other and they become more eager to learn as the tricks get harder.  On the days when Hocus Pocus is not here you will catch 1 or 2 residents practicing card tricks or teaching a trick to other residents.  This is a great program.  And we need more like this for these facilities."
- Ms. Denis (Case Worker – Crossroads)


NO Public Funding

The kids in the Passages Academy system have ZERO after-school programs funded by the city.  Whereas the NYC public school kids have over $400 MILLION of after-school programs.  So donations are the ONLY way kids in the 18 non-secure group homes and 2 secure facilities (Crossroads and Horizon) of Passages Academy get after-school programs. 

Here is our instructor Noah teaching our Horizon secure-detention for-credit class (photos by the security guard since we can't bring cameras inside the facility; the kids' faces were "blued" out before releasing the pics to us for the safety of the kids):

Each participant gets his or her own deck of cards at each session.  Cards can wear out in a week or go missing if they are used a lot, so we like to offer a new deck at each class in case they need it.   

Tax Deductible

The Hocus Pocus Project is the outreach arm of the Conjuring Arts Research Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  That means that your donation (minus the retail value of the perk) is tax deductible!  Let us know if you have any questions about that.

If you just want to contribute without claiming a perk it is easy to do that.  Just click the "Contribute" button at the bottom of the page and you will be presented with that option on the next page.

Tell Your Friends about Hocus Pocus Project!

If you can't contribute, please help us by getting the word out and telling all your friends about the Hocus Pocus Project Indiegogo campaign!

"Like" us on Facebook to stay up to date with the program and checkout our website at the links below!


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  • $5USD
    Our Heartfelt Thanks

    Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your donation! You are helping to bring the wonders of magic education to disadvantaged kids and adults! Thank you!

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  • $10USD
    Noah's Secret Recipe

    A little known fact is that many magic books contain a secret recipe in the back of the book. For your $10 you will receive our heartfelt thanks and receive an email containing the recipe for "Noah's Super Secret Kale and Quinoa Extravaganza" from Noah Levine, one of our longtime magic instructors!

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  • $25USD
    Houdini Poster!

    Receive our heartfelt thanks, Noah's secret recipe, and the poster from the New York Times bestseller "Secret Life of Houdini" written by the founder of the Hocus Pocus Project and the Conjuring Arts Research Center, William Kalush. (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $50USD
    Ask Alexander Deck of Cards

    Receive a deck of Ask Alexander cards, which pays tribute to one of the greatest magicians of all time, "Alexander, Who Knows All." Alexander Conlin was the greatest psychic reader of his time and pioneered the use of electrical stage effects one hundred years ago. Also receive the "Secret Life of Houdini" poster, Noah's secret recipe, and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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    $65USD
    Secrets of Alkazar!

    Receive a signed copy of one of the most popular magic books, Allan Kronzek's "Secrets of Alkazar." You will also receive the "Secret Life of Houdini" poster, Noah's secret recipe, and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $65USD
    Signed - Tricks With Your Head

    At long last, tricks you can perform with your very own head! Receive a signed copy of the hilarious "Tricks with Your Head: Hilarious Magic Tricks and Stunts to Disgust and Delight" by Mac King! You will also receive the Ask Alexander deck of cards, Noah's secret recipe, and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $65USD
    Mac King's Campfire Magic

    Perfect for your next camping trip! Receive a signed copy of "Mac King's Campfire Magic: 50 Amazing, Easy-to-Learn Tricks and Mind-Blowing Stunts Using Cards, String, Pencils, and Other Stuff from Your Knapsack" by Mac King! You will also receive the Ask Alexander deck of cards, Noah's secret recipe, and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $65USD
    Signed Mac King's Head Tricks

    At long last, tricks you can perform with your very own head! Receive a signed copy of the hilarious "Tricks with Your Head: Hilarious Magic Tricks and Stunts to Disgust and Delight" by Mac King! You will also receive the Ask Alexander deck of cards, Noah's secret recipe, and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $75USD
    David Blaine - Bullet Catch!

    Receive the poster from David Blaine's famous "Bullet Catch" event. In addition you will receive the "The Secret Life of Houdini" poster, Noah's secret recipe, and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $100USD
    Secret Life of Houdini!

    Receive a signed, hardcover copy of the New York Times bestseller "The Secret Life of Houdini" written by William Kalush, founder of Hocus Pocus Project and the Conjuring Arts Research Center. In addition you will receive the "The Secret Life of Houdini" poster, Noah's secret recipe, and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $100USD
    David Blaine and Alexander

    Receive the poster from David Blaine's "Bullet Catch" event plus the Ask Alexander deck of cards, In addition you will receive the "The Secret Life of Houdini" poster, Noah's secret recipe, and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $100USD
    Signed "Sorcerer's Companion"

    Receive a signed copy of the New York Times bestseller "The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter" - an illustrated compendium of magic lore, autographed to the kid (or adult) of your choice. Also, receive the Ask Alexander deck and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $150USD
    David Blaine - Frozen in Time!

    Receive the beautiful, vintage-style poster from David Blaine's "Frozen in Time" event, plus the "Bullet Catch" poster. In addition you will receive the "The Secret Life of Houdini" poster, Noah's secret recipe, and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $250USD
    The Great David Roth!

    Receive a video of a seven minute personalized magic show made just for you by David Roth, the greatest coin magician in the world! You will also receive the Ask Alexander deck of cards, Secret Life of Houdini poster, Noah's secret recipe, and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $250USD
    Signed "Bullet Catch"

    Receive the "Bullet Catch" poster signed by David Blaine! Also, receive the "Frozen In Time" vintage-style poster. You will also receive the Ask Alexander deck, the "The Secret Life of Houdini" poster, Noah's secret recipe, and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $500USD
    Signed "Frozen In Time"

    Receive both the "Frozen In Time" and "Bullet Catch" posters signed by David Blaine! You will also receive the Ask Alexander deck, the "The Secret Life of Houdini" poster, Noah's secret recipe, and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $500USD
    Signed Houdini Boxed Set

    Receive the special New York Times bestselling, two-volume, boxed-set edition of the "Secret Life of Houdini" signed by author and Hocus Pocus Project founder, William Kalush! You will also receive the Ask Alexander deck, the "The Secret Life of Houdini" poster, Noah's secret recipe, and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $750USD
    Signed David Blaine deck

    Get a signed deck of David Blaine cards plus the signed "Frozen In Time" and "Bullet Catch" posters. You will also receive the Ask Alexander deck, the "The Secret Life of Houdini" poster, Noah's secret recipe, and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $1,000USD
    David Roth Skype Performance!

    Experience a 15 minute performance by David Roth, the greatest coin magician in the world, over Skype just for you! Also, get both posters and the deck signed by David Blaine. You will also receive the Ask Alexander deck, the "The Secret Life of Houdini" poster, Noah's secret recipe, and our heartfelt thanks! (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $2,000USD
    Thank You Letter

    You will get a handwritten thank you letter from us for your generous donation. In addition, get a Skype performance by the great David Roth, the deck and posters signed by Blaine, and everything at the $50 level. (Add $15 for international shipping)

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  • $2,500USD
    Broadway Night Out

    Enjoy a night on Broadway! Receive two orchestra tickets to a Broadway play and a certificate for $25 off dinner. Availability of shows and dates will vary, options include Wicked, Motown: The Musical, Aladdin or Jersey Boys.

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  • $5,000USD
    Tour the Secret Library

    You and 6 friends are invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Conjuring Arts Research Center in NYC. See our library of rare books and manuscripts, including original Houdini material, magic books and ephemera dating from the 15th century, and one-of-kind magic rarities. The tour will be conducted by Conjuring Arts's Founder and Executive Director, William Kalush. After the tour, enjoy a special magic performance in the library as well as a wine and cheese reception.

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  • $5,000USD
    Weekend In New York City

    Enjoy a weekend in New York City! Receive two nights in a 4-star hotel in walking distance to Times Square, $50 off dinner, and $50 off theater, sports or concert tickets.

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  • $5,000USD
    Billy Joel Tickets

    Receive two tickets for Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden, Lower Bowl Seats (Sections 101-108 or 116-120) for his October, November or December shows subject to availability plus a certificate for $25 off dinner.

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  • $10,000USD
    Magic Lesson with David Blaine

    Do you love the magic of David Blaine? Would you like to learn directly from him? For this perk, you will receive a 15 minute special Skype session with David Blaine where he will teach you a magic effect that will totally impress your friends! Also, receive a set of ALL his posters signed and some signed decks of cards including his special Magic deck. His posters are all in a vintage, lithographic style and beautiful.

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  • $10,000USD
    Broadway Weekend and Show

    Enjoy a weekend and show in New York City! Receive two nights in a 4-star hotel, walking distance to Times Square, two tickets for orchestra seats to a Broadway play, $50 off dinner, $50 off theater, sports or concert tickets.

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  • $15,000USD
    Lecture in Your Living Room

    Learn the real secrets and inside story about Houdini during a special 45 minute lecture in your living room! Houdini insider, William Kalush, New York Times Bestselling author of "The Secret Life of Houdini" and founder of the Hocus Pocus Project and the Conjuring Arts Research Center, will come to your home and lecture to an audience of up to 100.

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  • $25,000USD
    David Blaine's Hidden Studio

    If you're a fan of David Blaine there is not a better perk to be found than this one! Receive a personal tour of David Blaine's hidden studio in lower Manhattan for you and four of your friends! Bring yourself to New York and let David Blaine personally show you where all the magic really happens!

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  • $50,000USD
    Get our book dedicated to you!

    Have our soon to be released magic book, "The Book of Powers," by Allan Kronzek, dedicated to you! Allan has written numerous magic books, including "The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter." Allan wrote "The Book of Powers" expressly for the students in the Hocus Pocus Project and each student will receive a copy.

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