The Magic of Camp Ooch


“Brush up on your old tricks and learn some new ones as a group of real,
professional magicians reveal some tricks of the trade.
The day will end with a magic show for your friends and families,
where YOU will be the star.”
-Camp Oochigeas “Wacky World of Wizardry” brochure

On November 2, 2013, Camp Oochigeas and Magicana once again, joined forces to deliver their annual, one-day fall workshop packed with magical happenings and laughter, called, The Wacky World of Wizardry. Led by Julie Eng and assisted by magic coaches, James Alan, Joe Culpepper and Suley Fattah, participants spent the whole day learning sleight-of-hand wizardry in order to offer a magic showcase for their families and friends at the end of the day.

We were thrilled with the result! With an Alakazam here and a Hocus Pocus there, the participants put together a wonderful showcase and shared the magic of the day.

Camp Oochigeas is a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that provides year-round programs for children affected by childhood cancer, including the unique and exciting opportunity to experience the wonder of camp. Every year, Magicana teams up with Camp Oochigeas to deliver a modified My Magic Hands workshop, designed to reach out to kids using magic as a teaching vehicle to build their confidence and public speaking skills. The team at Camp Ooch is pretty amazing themselves, bringing about a wonderful partnership to support the young magicians.

Thanks to the volunteers and our My Magic Hands team, the day was full of magic and success – one that we will surely remember as it is marked by mirth, mystery and delight. We hope to share this experience with you again, next year!

 

Hanging out with Camp Ooch

After several years of partnership, we had yet another successful day-out with Camp Oochigeas, (lovingly nicknamed Camp Ooch) this past Saturday, November 3.

Together with over 27 kids, 11 volunteers and 5 of our own Magicana staff, we filled Ooch’s space with wonder and magic for a whole Saturday afternoon.

Camp Oochigeas is a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that provides kids with cancer and kids affected by childhood cancer a unique opportunity for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences.

 

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for coming in to Ooch on Saturday.  I’ve heard rave reviews from campers, volunteers and camper families.  They had such a great day, and learned so many neat tricks!”

-Olivia Tischler, Program Manager In-City

 

The camp has become an important resource for kids and their families and has grown beyond the summer days of camp. For their fall program, Ooch  introduced: Wacky World of Wizardry to encourage youth to participate in honing their motor skills, communication skills and creative problem-solving skills by learning a variety of magic tricks using classic magical props: ropes, cards and ball vases!

We know these kids face immense challenges, and so we are so inspired to see how hard they work despite these issues. We know that our campers would not have had as much fun nor success as they did if it wasn’t for their dedicated camp volunteers, “Magic Coaches”, who provided personal and supportive encouragement each step of the way.

We ended the day with a Big Show, where the campers had a chance STAR in their own show, in front of their families and friends, and show off the tricks they learned that day.

Special thanks to the volunteers who helped us with the workshop, as well as Julie Eng, James Alan, Joe Culpepper, Suleyman Fattah and Ellise Ramos for donating their Saturday afternoons to make My Magic Hands happen.

We look forward to the next year and may magic and wonder continue to be shared all around…