Oregon magician’s charity entertains seniors, kids

March 30th, 2010 | Pancakes | Filed Under General

Yesterday in the forums, RJ posted a video of Chad Juros, a cancer-surviving teen. Now, he is performing magic to children who are sick and has made his way into his local Ronald McDonald house to perform.

That got us thinking: Who else is out there donating their time and skills?

Our good buddy Lee Asher tossed us a link to a group that is doing amazing things in Eugene, Oregon. Since 2005, James R. Willis’ Magic For Life has sent entertainers to senior care homes and children’s hospitals across Oregon. The nonprofit’s motto is simple: “For someone who has lost everything, a smile can be priceless.”

Willis, a native of Oregon, has been a performing magician for more than 15 years. His goal with Magic For Life is to have a large participating network of development centers, hospitals, care facilities and magicians all dedicated to the same idea: Creating moments of optimism will inspire health, happiness, and well-being. If you would like to help Magic For Life, you can visit its Web site.

We love reading these stories. They make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. So if you know of some other nonprofits or people out there donating time and their skill as a magician, please let us know.


  1. Unlike the last post, this is not up for debate: Oregon magician James Willis is the MAN. http://bit.ly/9KOuZv

  2. Magic For Life on:

    RT @ellusionist: Oregon magician's charity entertains seniors, kids http://bit.ly/dxn1Nz