A Magical Day at NREP

A Magical Day at NREP
Posted on 02/07/2019
DecorativeOn January 23, J. Edward Ford and 4 Hearts Illusions performed a fantastic magic show for the students at NREP. The magic show was a gift to students to celebrate their success for exhibiting positive behavior during the second nine weeks of school. The show was interactive, upbeat and a real treat for the students and staff alike.

DecorativeThe magic started when, Kevin Owens, the magician had the students pick a magic word to help him perform tricks. Everyone agreed on “Hakuna Matata”. The children sat in front enjoying the silliness, the props and watching the magician in action… all wanting to go up front and perform with him.

Even the adults were glued to the performance. Everyone was surprised when Magic Man Kevin put a live dove in the box, turned the box two times, and “Hakuna Matata” out came a black, furry bunny. It was an audience favorite and sparked a lot of imagination. Children were saying, “it’s an actual bunny” and wondering, “how did he do that?” Well, it’s magic, of course!

DecorativeJ. Edward Ford did a presentation that reviewed the three areas of the teaching matrix of respect, responsibility, and safety with the students. Next, he showed how the feathers of respect, responsibility, and safety, which the students earn daily, could become a light that glowed throughout the performance. He also performed several card tricks, as well as modeling a trick originally done by Harry Houdini.

J. Edward Ford, after producing an egg magically from an empty bag held by Mrs. Benko form the Elemnetary department, cracked the egg revealing three Phoenix feathers. He then did a presentation that reviewed the three areas of the teaching matrix of respect, responsibility, and safety with the students. Next, he showed how the feathers of respect, responsibility, and safety, which the students earn daily, could become a light that glowed throughout the performance.

Ford followed this with a routine in which a spectator is asked to select and sign a card at random. Their signed card is folded and held securely between their teeth. Somehow, impossibly, the card switched places with a card Ford signed and placed between his teeth.

DecorativeHe would then leave the audience speechless and scratching their heads, with the assistance of Program Administrator Ralph Reese. After Mr. Reese’s signed dollar bill vanished from within a handkerchief, Ford cut into a lemon previously inspected by Mr. Reese and in full view the entire time, producing the signed dollar bill from within its center.

Ford astounded the crowd with an escape routine modeled after the legendary Harry Houdini. He ended his show with a beautiful childhood story about the power of believing in the magic within ourselves, and bringing a member of the elementary classroom on stage, he created a snowstorm from his hands that then began to fall around them.

Even though a couple of weeks have gone by, staff and students are still talking about the magical performance. It was awe-inspiring, just like that of our students’ positive behavior that actually earned them the magic show in the first place. Receiving rewards like this help encourage students to focus on positive behaviors where they practice respect, responsibility and safety. Celebrating students’ success...well now, that’s a magical experience!!

DecorativeJ. Edward Ford works at NREP and often uses magic to connect with students and help them with coping skills.
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