Pavilion Spotlight - Spencers: Theater of Illusion
It's a show to inspire wonder. Kevin Spencer uses theatrical elements, taking those in the audience on a journey to the brink of impossibility. After a car accident, Spencer felt like nothing was possible.
"I was in a car crushed by a tractor trailer, and I woke up in neurological intensive care with a closed brain injury and a lower spinal cord injury," said Spencer.
He spent nearly a year learning to regain his fine and gross motor skills, as well as his social skills. His love of magic kept him motivated.
"What we found after I made it through my therapy was that by using simple little magic tricks we can help these clients regain those skills, sometimes in a more motivating and engaging way," said Spencer.
While touring, Spencer puts on workshops for occupational therapists, teaching them to use the steps of magic tricks with their clients.
"Any time you can make therapy fun for the patient they are more likely to be engaged and participate," said Kristi Waltman, an occupational therapist.
Spencer knows rehab can be boring, but his way of teaching is just as captivating as his illusion show.
"With a magic trick it helps us pull the focus away from what you're doing onto what you can do," said Spencer.