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Juan José García is the president of the Abracadabra Foundation, through which more than twenty supportive magicians bring magic to children and young people who are in a difficult situation, drawing a smile of hope on their faces. He believes that with magic one is able to believe that the impossible can come true.- What led to Abracadabra Foundation use magic in solidarity projects? Where did this idea come from?A few magicians have been doing magic in some hospitals and centers for the elderly in the Community of Madrid and we felt that we could unite the solidarity of many more magicians and thus reach many more people who were having a hard time and who needed to improve their spirits. . And the Foundation was established in May 2005, with actions throughout Spain.- Besides magic, what else do you contribute to the lives of children and young people who are going through a bad time?Our love, our company and solidarity, and the laughter that usually accompanies our magical performances. We feel close to your problems and we empathize with your situation. Hospitalized children are experiencing the starkest side of reality: illness. With our performances we want both the little ones and their families to forget the situation in which they are immersed, enjoy themselves and be surprised.- How does a child live the magic that you do? Tell us how is your reaction.Children are the most sincere and expressive audience. His life is to play and magic is still a game of illusions. If they like what they see they let you know with their faces, with their participation and with their laughs. Magic transmits feelings and values. Through it, the viewer is transferred to a different world from the one he is living.- What is the secret of success and the details of the project solidarity magicians of this year? Are you satisfied with the work they did?Our success lies in our sincere commitment to bring hope, magic and laughter to the most disadvantaged groups, in having extraordinary magicians committed to this goal, among which is Jorge Blass and because we have the support of many people, companies and institutions. Our goal is that a sympathetic magician of the Abracadabra Foundation visit all Spanish children's hospitals every 15 days.- Illusionism seems to arouse more and more people's interest. Now it is everywhere, on TV, in the cinema,… Why do you think that is happening?Magic has always accompanied the human being and illusionism is an art that has a great reception because in these times when you can see anything thanks to special effects, the magic that occurs a few inches from the eyes is also valued of the viewer. It has also helped this magical explosion that the broadcast of two magic programs on television have coincided in time: Nothing x here by Jorge Blass and Shalakabula with Alberto de Figueiredo.- In the midst of so many conflicts, so many misfortunes, and worries, how can we rescue magic in our daily lives?The true magic is in our environment: in a look, in a smile, in a sunset. From the Abracadabra Foundation We recommend to everyone that if they want to bring magic to their lives they can do it in a very simple way: helping as a volunteer, at least one hour a week, who is having a bad time.- How can you collaborate so that your work continues to bring the illusion to the lives of so many people who need it?The ways in which they usually help us are collaborating as a magician, or helping us with what each one knows how to do (in computer work, design, etc.) or collaborating in the search for sponsors. On our website we also show other ways of collaborating financially.- Finally, what is magic and what does it represent for those who do it? How does the magician live, behind the cards and handkerchiefs, magic?The greatest satisfaction of a caring magician is being able to draw a smile or a surprised face on a child who suffers from a disease. The feeling is so gratifying that one thinks that one is capable of MAGIC with capital letters. That is the true magic.- Images of the Magi in solidarity:For those who want to know more about the Abracadabra Foundation, they can visit:www.fundaciónabracadabra.org
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