Case Management/Social Services, Medical & Health, Volunteer Management
Open Heart Magic (OHM) is a nonprofit organization that brings the joy of magic to sick kids in hospitals. As a volunteer Hospital Magician, you’ll bring laughter and wonder to kids who need it at the most critical point in their medical treatment.
You’ll take their minds off their fears and – most important – help them feel empowered. OHM is currently recruiting for top-notch folks to join our awesome community of volunteers and bring more magic to sick kids.
QUITE POSSIBLY, THE BEST PLACE TO VOLUNTEER IN CHICAGO
Our Hospital Magicians tell us that their hospital visits are the best part of their week. They say that - after a visit - they walk away energized and inspired knowing that they were able to provide such a powerful experience for these kids. 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. It’s not uncommon for our Hospital Magician’s to hear from a parent or nurse that, because of the magic, it was the first time the kid smiled or laughed all day.
NO NEED TO KNOW MAGIC - WE'LL TEACH YOU AT MAGIC UNIVERSITY
You don’t need to know magic to be a Hospital Magician. You just need to be committed to learning the magic techniques that we will teach you. Magic University consists of in-class training one evening a week for 12 weeks, plus practice on your own. The magic routines taught are professional level, extremely visual and astonishing, yet they can be learned in a shorter time due to our experienced magician trainers, all who are active Hospital Magicians.
TIMES OF SERVICE/HOSPITAL LOCATION FOR THIS LISTING
The Bedside Magic program in Hyde Park is currently recruiting for service at University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital on Saturday mornings and select spots for Tuesday and Thursday evenings. As a Hospital Magician, you will visit kids every two weeks. Each visit to the hospital lasts approximately 120 - 150 minutes.While you will work with a team of volunteer Hospital Magicians to arrange scheduling for vacations and trips, it's best to not apply if you travel often or have an unpredictable schedule.
MAGIC UNIVERSITY LOCATION AND TRAINING SCHEDULE
Magic University is held twice a year and recruitment for these limited spots is year-round. Magic U training sessions last two-hours and are held weekly on Monday’s at 6:15 PM. The location of Magic U is in the Loop., which is near public transportation and the Metra station.
Saturday morning availabilty with select Tuesday or Thursday evening service availability
Dedicated, high energy, fun, outgoing individuals with a sense of humor,
Sensitivity and social skills to work with kids and families who are going through a difficult time.
Performance experience in the arts, magic, comedy, teaching, public presentation, business facilitation or any similar activity is highly regarded.
Previous experience in volunteering is highly regarded.
An interest in learning magic, as this art requires dedication to learn and practice skills
Your commitment to learning to become a Hospital Magician and to being present at all scheduled service times is paramount.
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 required to prepare you to skillfully and confidently perform close-up magic. You will need to consistently provide service every other week as part of the program. Turnover is extremely low and these positions are valued.
Due to the sensitive nature of the service Open Heart Magic provides, hospital requirements, and that we occasionally utilize free community space for special training sessions provided by establishments that serve alcohol, applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
Additional Salary Information: This is a volunteer position
Our mission is to use the therapeutic power of magic and laughter to energize and strengthen seriously ill children in Chicago area hospitals, and aid their healing. We strive to reach young patients one-by-one regardless of their disease, medical situation or physical ability so that all children may benefit from this engaging and entertaining therapy.
Open Heart Magic (OHM) is a not-for-profi...t 501(c)(3) Chicago-based organization founded in 2003. Our personalized interactions help children feel special, more confident and empowered during a scary and stressful time. By inviting them to be a part of the interaction, we energize kids and help them find the strength they need to heal.
In 2016, our volunteers reached over 11,000 children and their families--and we continue to grow.