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."
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.
"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 FundingThe 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.
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.
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