Now sufferers encompassing Britain are to benefit from the Magic Therapy Project after salubrity bosses advertised for “volunteer magicians” to help roll it out.
Patients’ contemporaries have been transformed after they were shown how to dumbfound loved ones with little more than a deck of possibles and an NHS-issued wizard’s wand.
The scheme was started by Eamonn McClurey, a nurture with Middlesbrough-based Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust.
Mr McClurey, 45, said: “I was prospering in holiday camps doing magic before going into tending. I never thought anything about it until I saw a report about how comedian tricks could help with physio. So I thought, why not try it with living soul with mental health problems?
An NHS mental health give is giving patients a crash course in magic
A man with autism has really outstripped at card tricks. He could not say his own name 10 months ago
“I saw how doing forthright tricks can improve confidence and self-esteem.
“I did a magic workshop at a conference and in the flesh loved it.”
He then approached the local Middlesbrough Circle of Magicians and started doing bent health workshops with amateur conjuror Neil Armstrong.
Mr Amstrong imparted: “We go on to the wards for two hours and show them simple tricks.
Patients have in the offing been using cards to cope with mental health
“A fortnight later we go privately and show them improvements and how to improve their patter.
“A man with autism has unquestionably excelled at card tricks. He could not say his own name 10 months ago. He now does greetings card tricks for doctors. It is amazing to see.”
Mr Armstrong, 56, who specialises in close-up enchanting, has become one of the first to apply for the new NHS magicians’ jobs.
He said: “They are call up a number of volunteer NHS magicians to go around the wards and a put a smile on people’s faces.
“Again you leave with a tear in your eye. We saw one patient eloquently performing a fulfil the need and were told by nurses he had not spoken for four years.”