LIMERICK magician Leon Andersen will this Friday open the country’s first magic school in Moyross.
Leon has secured the use of a unit in the Bays facility, beside the Ceim ar Ceim centre, and he already has 20 youngsters signed up to the project.
Leading magician Keith Barry will cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony, set for Friday, September 28, at midday.
When the magic school opens, Leon will run two programmes in tandem - one for local children, and another for other youngsters keen to learn the dark arts from across the city.
“The centre is about giving confidence, self esteem and social skills by teaching magic skills to young children. The main focus of the programme eventually would be to teach teachers on how to incorporate it into the classroom, ” he said, “For example at the start of an English lesson, maybe encourage the kids to come up with their own stories around that trick.”
Leon says from his experience, children with autism or ADHD can get the most benefit from magic.
“I have two autistic nephews, so I understand how difficult it is for families of children with autism. I can relate to this. At Christmas a couple of years back, I performed a magic trip, and my nephews were amazed.”
“It should encourage leadership skills, social skills, confidence and self-esteem by developing one magic trick,” he explained.
Each class will last between 60 and 90 minutes, on a ten week programme.
It is hoped at the end of this period, the children will have enough confidence to perform a magic show in front of their peers in one of the northside community centres.
Leon also plans to teach a number of classes to adults on how to incorporate magic into other situations, including through therapy.
For more information on the centre contact www.lamagic.ie, or telephone Leon on 086-0873960.