John Kurth continuously answers the call

“In 2009, upon retiring after 37 years as a special education teacher, I became a hospital magician. Since I could go during the day I was assigned to both North Shore Evanston and Hope, with Hope becoming my main assignment in 2010.  In the fall of 2011 I, along with Dave Barclay and Mike Stevens, got magic underway at Central DuPage Hospital.  I have helped at various OHM special events and fund raisers, and assisted in training several classes of new magicians. I have presented magic on behalf of Miles for Magic at the Chicago Marathon Expo in 2010 and 2011, as well as at the 2011 Tricks Are for Kids benefit.
Each time I knock and enter a patient’s room I know I want to make that patient’s time as fun, and as magical as possible.  Both magician and patient sense the anticipation, and then see and feel the happy magical outcome that so often readily transpires. I leave the hospital feeling so lucky and privileged to be given the opportunity to wear the Open Heart magician’s coat.”
John is a perfect example of the range of volunteers that are attracted to Open Heart Magic. From young professionals looking for a way to get involved with a charity to those who have retired but want to continue making a difference, we welcome all dedicated people. John spent his life helping kids, and that certainly wasn’t about to change just because he wasn’t teaching anymore. Just because volunteer awareness month is nearly over doesn’t mean it’s too late. Check out

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