|Project Magic in Belgium.
5K12D (former 3K6) is the children department for the cancer patients
at the Universitary Hospital Ghent. Once a month we, Ivo and Lieve,
visit the children at the ward.
Before we go to the rooms, we have a short briefing with the pedagogic
co-workers Sabine and Charlot. Some children aren’t allowed
to sit up, others can’t move their arm well or have had medication.
It is useful to know this information beforehand.
|We visit all the children. The smallest get a balloon
figure. From the age of 5 they’re old anough to learn some simple
magic tricks: float a magic wand or colour a drawing magically. The
somewhat older children learn tricks with ropes and cloths. The oldest
learn card tricks or how to make a prediction.
After every visit, we write down which trick they were taught so we
know for next time what they know and what’s new.
After a few visits the children get their own magic box. This way
they can learn a few tricks on their own.
testimony from 5K12D.
Anoek Geens did her dissertation
At the site of the cancer
fund for children, you can find more information.