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Couch to Marathon with Open Heart Magic Charity Team

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

“I learned a lot about myself and what I thought were my limits during training. Running for the Open Heart Magic Charity Team gave me a purpose”

Running a marathon can be a daunting task, one which most people think they could never do. We talked to Hilary Goldin, a now repeat member of the Open Heart Magic Charity Team about her incredible accomplishment of going from couch to 26.2 to finish her first Chicago Marathon in the face of medical adversity. She wants to let people know that anyone can topple the mountain, even if it was never one they cared to climb.

Open Heart Magic: Was completing the Chicago Marathon always a goal for you?

Hilary Goldin: Truth be told, the marathon was never on my bucket list. I had never even watched or cheered at a marathon before I signed up for mine. I was never a “runner” let alone a long distance runner. So it never entered my mind that this was something I could do.

Read the incredible full interview…

The Two Most Important Elements of Getting in Shape

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The Shape Up for Charity Challenge is a unique initiative started by Open Heart Magic to bring people’s health and fitness into focus. It’s similar to running a marathon for the kids, but the goal isn’t a certain number of miles. It’s a certain number of pounds.

We talked to two of last year’s Challenge participants to see why they joined and what they got out of it, and two main aspects were consistent for both of them – motivation and accountability.

Click here to read on and unlock the secrets!

A sneak peak inside a bedside magic performance

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Hospital Magician Sammy K pictured on far left.

One of our hospital magicians posted this story on Facebook, and it was so amazing that we had share. Enjoy this beautiful look inside a bedside magic performance.

First Magic Tuesday of the new year! Today was a great day to kick-off bedside magic for 2014.

One of my visits today was to a teen whose parents were sitting lovingly by his bedside. I give a light knock on the door and crack it open a bit to see a nurse poking about the teen’s bedside and checking machines that make soft digital noises.

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How an OHM Charity Team Member finished a 300+ mile race!

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

If you resolved to run 300 miles to get in shape for 2014, how long do you think it would take? 3 months? 6 months? OHM Charity Team member Sung Ho Choi managed to check that off the list in just 4 days last year.

Sung Ho Choi, known as Bruce to his friends, has run over 100 marathons. He ran the 2013 Chicago Marathon on behalf of Open Heart Magic, but that wasn’t his most impressive feat of the year. He took on the seemingly impossible task of running the Last Annual Vol State 500k, a 314 mile race across Tennesse, and came in third overall.

Click here to read more and be inspired!

To learn how magic helps kids heal, we asked a patient.

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Melissa Bruebach and Emily Stec at OHM's 7th Annual Tricks are for Kids Benefit

A patient’s perspective on Open Heart Magic: An interview with Melissa Bruebach, a recipient of Bedside Magic at Lurie Children’s Hospital.


Q: I understand you’ve had firsthand experience with Open Heart Magic.
Yes.  When I was a patient at Lurie Children’s Hospital, I had several visits from the Hospital Magicians.

Q: Most people don’t know what it’s like to be a kid in the hospital.  Can you share your experience?
Well, I started having surgeries as an infant…and pretty much grew up in the hospital. Unless you’re a kid or a parent with a kid who’s gone through this, you don’t realize how scary and stressful it can be.  Children with medical conditions experience things – and miss out on things – that make them grow up too fast…

Click here to see the full interview.

How a courageous 8-year-old named Ryan learned the secrets of OHM

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Several of our Open Heart Magic magicians have had the pleasure of working with an incredible young boy named Ryan over the past few months. He isn’t just a patient at Lurie Children’s Hospital, though. Ryan is a magician, and he’s one of the finest we’ve seen. Here’s how he came to discover the secrets of OHM:

Every once and a while I have to stay at Lurie’s hospital. One lucky Tuesday night that I was in the hospital a very special magician came to my room. He showed me, my mom and dad a couple tricks and we were WOWed! I learned Eye of the Mummy and took the secret oath and then I was able to WOW people.

Click here hear him tell his whole story.

Exelon Honors Open Heart Magic Hospital Magician with Top Award for Volunteer Service

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

(l-r) Steve Solomon, vice president of corporate relations at Exelon, South Loop resident and Exelon employee Justin Bedi, Michael Walton, founder of Open Heart Magic, and Darryl Johnson, Exelon employee volunteer manager.

Open Heart Magic’s Hospital Magician, Justin Bedi, recently received a top award from Exelon for his outstanding volunteer service with Open Heart Magic. The award included a $20,000 cash grant to Open Heart Magic and Justin will be representing Exelon at the national Jefferson Awards in Washington D.C. later this year.

The OHM Family is extremely proud of Justin’s accomplishments and incredibly grateful for Exelon’s generous support of Open Heart Magic. A heartfelt thank you to Justin and everyone else at Exelon.

Please visit this link to read the official press release.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Ranked in Top 10

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Major congrats to one of our partner hospitals, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, for being chosen as one of the 10 Best Children’s Hospitals!

Complimentary therapies were a key factor for many of the top 10, and Open Heart Magic is proud to bring that service to as many kids at their bedside as we can!

For a full list of the Top 10, please visit

Beyond the Wand: An Interview with Sean McCarthy – Hospital Magician

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Sean McCarthy, a volunteer Hospital Magician with Open Heart Magic, shares his experience.


Hospital Magician Sean McCarthy


We sat down with Sean to discuss how he got involved with Open Heart Magic, his first experience in the hospital as a Hospital Magician and his take on the Hospital Magician opportunity.

Click here to read the full interview

OHM Makes ABC7 Chicago Marathon Expo Coverage

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Open Heart Magic recently had a booth at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Expo. We used this as an opportunity to demonstrate our powerful brand of bedside magic and spread awareness around Open Heart Magic’s Charity Team.  ABC7 Chicago caught sight of this and stopped by our booth to experience the magic first-hand.