Pediatric Medicine & Anesthesiology

Dr. Spencer is faculty for Harvard Medical and Boston Children’s Hospital’s “Pediatric Sedation Outside of the Operating Room” conference. He presents research and conducts workshops on magic as an anxiolytic distraction technique and a compliment to sedation.

Kevin encourages medical professionals to incorporate simple magic tricks into their practice as a passive approach. Performing a magic trick for a patient can be a valuable distraction that can:

  •     Aid in the reduction of anxiety
  •     Build rapport and trust
  •     Increase environmental mastery
  •     Provide opportunities for choice and autonomy, and
  •     Improve affect and self-concept for children and adolescents.