Lara Bradley, a trainee magician who is now making more use of her right hand
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'Magic therapy' to help children with paralysis of the hands

Ten children in cloaks and hats are tying knots in rope, seemingly at the flick of a wrist.

They are taking part in a series of pilot experiments conjured up by magicians, therapists and researchers at Guy's Hospital London.

All the children have upper limb hemiplegia - a weakening or paralysis of one of their hands and arms.

And they are hoping to pick up tricks from magicians of the world-renowned Magic Circle to help refine the movement of their hands.

The Breathe Magic camp involves 60 hours of intensive training over ten days and was set up by Breathe Arts Research.

  • 21 Dec 2012
  • From the section Health