National Seniors Day

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“The crowd loved her!!”

– Janet Keenan, Team Leader

To celebrate National Seniors Day on October 1st, Julie Eng visited St. Aidan’s Anglican Church where Neighbourhood Link held their annual event for senior citizens in Toronto.

With over 100 people in attendance, the day was comprised of a free lunch and amazing entertainment that included musical performances by The Orvilles and the Chinese Seniors Choir, and of course, live magical theatre by yours truly, Seniors Sorcery! There were also tons of activities, games and draws for prizes.

Neighbourhood Link Support Services is a community outreach program that aims to identify needs in the community and provide services, such as workshops and recreational events, to enable people to live with dignity and independence.  They also have a great support system for  seniors in Toronto – an Adult Day Program that provides care and support through recreational activities to frail seniors and those with cognitive impairments to minimize their isolation and promote their physical and emotional health in a safe and friendly environment.

And thank you for allowing us to share mystery and magic on National Seniors Day!

To book Julie Eng for your retirement residence, please contact Ellise Ramos at (416) 913-9034 or email her at ellise@magicana.com.

 

 

Weathering the storm through Magic!

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“We invited seniors from around the neighbourhood and everyone had a fantastic time! I was really impressed by [your magician’s] rapport with the audience.”

–  Susan Dowling, Program Coordinator

‘Twas a dark and stormy night in Toronto last week, but that was not enough to deter Julie Eng, our feature magicienne, from performing for the community at the Neighbourhood Link Support Services Adult Day Program. She displayed classical magic feats for seniors who gather for dinner once a week to enjoy each other’s company and watch performers. Through our Senior Sorcery program, we subsidized the cost so that we can deliver a night of magic, and create a wonderful event that everyone can enjoy and talk about for days to come.

The Neighbourhood Link Support Services is essential in helping communities in East Toronto live, work and play through innovative programs, employment opportunities and tailored housing solutions. Their Adult Day Program promotes physical and emotional health for seniors through various events such as group dinners, recreational activities outside the home, and in-home assistance.

We are so pleased to have helped Neighbourhood Link achieve their goals. Programs like these are essential in keeping the interconnectivity and relationships fostered from loving our community, because it is only through this benevolence can we build a stronger and more meaningful home for ourselves and for others.

To book magic for your retirement residence, please contact Ellise Ramos at (416) 913-9034 or email her at ellise@magicana.com. We are accepting bookings for the rest of the year and will be more than glad to perform for your upcoming Mother’s Day event, Labour Day and/or Halloween.

Sprinkle a Little Magic on Your Valentine’s Day

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Tailored Magic

Our senior shows are fully customizable, so whether it’s April Fools or Family Day, we can taylor our shows to fit each of your holiday needs.

One of the bigger holidays, especially important for couples is Valentine’s Day.

Although this holiday is more conventionally associated with romantic love, there are other types of love that we feel should be celebrated on this day as well, such as familial love. Valentine’s Day is creeping up on us soon, so let’s make sure to spend this day of hearts with the people we love unconditionally — our friends and families.

So sprinkle your 14th of February with love and confectionery, and add a little bit of magic to make this day even more memorable.

If you’d like to book a magician for your residence, contact our program coordinator, Ellise Ramos at ellise@magicana.com for availability.

 

 

Happy New Year!

Family Day Fun

And before you know it, Family Day will be upon us.

How will you spend it? Add some magic and bring Senior Sorcery to your centre!

Let’s welcome the brand new year, 2013 with wonder and magic!

As the holidays come to an end, we hope that you took the time to spend it with your family. There are many benefits to spending time with your family, such as reducing stress levels and increasing general happiness–so why not do it? Why not solidify “spending time with your family” as the top priority in your New Year’s Resolutions?

Click here to find 8 reasons why spending time with your family is beneficial to your health, courtesy of The Huffington Post.

It’s never too late to start planning ahead for your retirement residence! February 18, the official date for Family Day this year, is coming up fast! Create an afternoon of magic and delight with other members of your residents’ families by booking a professional magician!

If you’d like to book a magician for your residence, contact our program coordinator, Ellise Ramos at ellise@magicana.com for  our availability.

 

 

Happy Halloween

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Hocus Pocus also makes for a great intergenerational opportunity!

Invite your friends, family or little ghosts and goblins (like these youngsters who joined us at a Halloween show at a senior’s residence) to enjoy an afternoon of great mirth, mystery and magic!

Happy Halloween from all of us here at Senior Sorcery!

The past days have been a very busy for our program. We delivered four Halloween shows in the span of three days all across the GTA, with our last one happening tonight at the Glynwood Retirement Residence. We even earned a spooky shout out for Senior Sorcery for our visit there tonight!

We are now booking for 2013. We encourage you to consider our magic for your entertainment programming–happiness guaranteed.

If you’d like to book a magician for your residence, contact our program coordinator, Ellise Ramos at ellise@magicana.com  for  our availability.

 

Magic to talk about, Magic to share around

Julie Eng at Kensington Gardens

One of the wonderful effects of magic is its resonance.

When executed properly, the emotions it evokes are that of mirth, mystery and wonder — a feeling that you can talk about and share for days.

The most common response we get from satisfied clients is the intensity and effectiveness our magic shows provoke, so much so that residents and staff members still talk about the show after. Sheila McConnell, Program Manager of Leisureworld at Barrie, said:

“This was the first time I have had a magician visit the home in 7 years. The residents thoroughly enjoyed the show. [Your magician[ was outstanding. He involved the residents, staff and family members. The folks are still talking about it.”

This kind of feedback is what keeps us motivated to deliver the best we can at any time! We believe that our shows don’t just last for 45 minutes. For in that span of time, we do not just provide entertainment, we also create memories and a sense of togetherness.

We are now booking for 2013. We encourage you to consider our magic for your entertainment programming–happiness guaranteed.

If you’d like to book a magician for your residence, contact our program coordinator, Ellise Ramos at ellise@magicana.com for availability.

Rainy Days? Make it magic.

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‘Twas a rainy day in Ballycliffe Lodge but that didn’t stop us from delivering a top-notch magic show!

James Alan presented a back-to-back magic show to the residents of Ballycliffe Lodge’s retirement residence and long-term care wing in Ajax this past September amidst thunder and lightning. Although it was certainly a gloomy day outside, we brought sunshine in through the wonderful art of magic. Staff and family members alike gladly volunteered to become magic assistants throughout the show, making themselves an essential part of the creativity and entertainment.

Now that we have rainy and snowy days coming, why not warm up the mood inside your centre and book a magic show? 45 minutes of pure entertainment and lively interaction will surely make  you forget about gloomy days.

If you’d like to book a magician for your residence, contact our program coordinator, Ellise Ramos at ellise@magicana.com for availability.

Fall Magic Ideas

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Boo!

October is a magical month.

Even though the sun is shining and it’s a time for summer ice cream socials, Halloween will be here before you know it. Why not get organized early and have a magic show for your seniors residence this October to celebrate Hallow’s Eve?!

Ready for little ghosts and goblins to prowl around looking for sweets? Then invite the local daycare or school in your area to stage their own costume parade and have your residents be the judges! Host a little musical review and follow up with some magic for all. A great and lively afternoon with a bit of dress up to go with that afternoon lemonade.

Theatre Therapy

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Art is beneficial in a lot of ways– it stimulates the mind and keeps us active and creative.

This article, from MedicineNet.com, talks about the health benefits of live theatre in the case of Nona Bingham from Portland, Oregon. Nona, 85 years old, actively participates in a senior theatre group and regularly tap dances and performs comedy.

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Additionally, the article purports that senior theatre can “lead to intergenereational understanding and friendship” because the older actors say it “invigorates” them to work with younger people.

This kind of invigoration is exactly what we see when we invite nearby daycares and schools to watch our show as part of our Senior Sorcery programming. The best example of this intergenerational opportunity is when we brought students from The York School to The Briton House as part of the York School Challenge Week.

For a week these young magicians trained under our lead instructors, Julie Eng and James Alan, all in preparation for their live show at a long-time retirement residence partner, The Briton House. It was quite rewarding to see the residents personally thanking the kids for visiting and performing for them. One resident said gratefully, “It’s always so nice to see young people around.”

Want to give your residents a chance to participate in an intergenerational magic show? Contact our program coordinator, Ellise Ramos at ellise@magicana.com or call (416) 913-9034 to book a show now.