Doctoral student uses magician training to improve mental health

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Anthony Ferrer has been running his own business since he was nine years old. However, the inspiration for Magic by Anthony Events initially came from his grandparents.

“When I was four years old, my grandmother would bring me to the ‘magic corner’ in our house,” explains Ferrer, a first-year doctoral student in the College of Saint Elizabeth’s psychology program. “I’d stand with my face toward the wall, say a specific phrase and candy would pop out of the corner!”

Awestruck by the sudden appearance of sweet treats, Ferrer developed a love for magic. Years later, when he realized that his grandmother was just throwing the candy into the corner, his fascination with the art of illusion didn’t fade. In fact, it strengthened.

“Magic is all about entertainment and giving someone else the opportunity to smile,” says Ferrer. “Sometimes we just need a break in our day and magic takes you out of yourself.”

Earlier this year, Ferrer became a board member for the non-profit organization, Magical Healing. Its purpose: to transform children into confident performers and empower them to uplift vulnerable populations through the wonderment of magic. Ferrer, who struggled with anxiety growing up, has seen the organization benefit timid children firsthand.

“I was that quiet kid standing in the back of the room and magic changed everything for me. By teaching this skill to kids, we’re allowing them to develop their own voice and medium for expression in the world,” says Ferrer. “Then these kids give back to the community by entertaining veterans, hospitalized children, seniors and struggling families. That’s the real magic.”

Mary Colleen Robinson has a communication degree with a concentration in journalism and is currently working as the PR/Social Media Specialist at the College of Saint Elizabeth

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