Award-winning magic program comes to Brisbane

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Australia's newest young magicians recently celebrated their completion of the inaugural Brisbane Amazing Magic Club with a grand performance in front of friends and family. 

Australia's newest young magicians recently celebrated their completion of the inaugural Brisbane Amazing Magic Club with a grand performance in front of friends and family. 

Based on an award-winning UK program, The Amazing Magic Club is an innovative, creative program run by the Arts Health Institute that combines occupational therapy and magic tricks to aid young people with spastic hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. 

The 10-day program, which is only the second of its kind to be held in Australia, provided the 10 young people the opportunity to work alongside some of the country's most talented magicians, Bruce Glen and Sam Angelico, to learn some incredible magic tricks, while also improving their hand and arm movement.  

Arts Health Institute Chief Executive, Dr Maggie Haertsch, said the unique program, funded by nib foundation, is a new approach to treating children with hemiplegic CP where the affected hand or arm uses the repetitive action of magic tricks to build up strength and dexterity in these areas. 

"It is strongly focused on improving bimanual skills and designed to encourage the use of both hands while allowing the children to enjoy the art of creating magic." 

Check out a sneak peak of the incredible performances by the Magic Club participants here.