What a brilliant idea – Jamie uses magic to both entertain and support children who’ve lived through the most difficult times. I thoroughly enjoyed his show when I saw it recently. I loved his magic but even more I loved his mission – he deserves our support.
Rt Hon Jacqui Smith, former UK Home Secretary and Member of Parliament.
Magic for Smiles occupies a unique niche in the magic community. In the context of refugees and other deprived children in the Middle East Jamie as a humanitarian magician is right to focus on how these often traumatised children can benefit from the new experience of magic shows and tuition to improve their lives. I very much welcome the progress and support of this wonderful initiative.
Oliver Tabor, President, International Brotherhood of Magicians
From an academic perspective, Magic for Smiles (MFS) is a highly unusual and exciting initiative for psychosocial support and therefore enhanced wellbeing. The focus on vulnerable children, mostly refugees in the Middle East, provides a further added value. We look forward to seeing how we can work with MFS to further our understanding of the relationship between magic and wellbeing.
Dr Gustav Kuhn, Magic Lab, Goldsmiths University, UK
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Care4Calais – Greater Manchester & Cheshire – Aug 2023
The magic shows were a very welcome and much anticipated break from the boredom of hotel life in the school holidays. The children were very excited and loved participating in the tricks. Jamie Jibberish was engaging and entertaining and made the shows relevant to the age and varied nationalities of the audience. Everyone was talking about the pleasure the shows had brought, for several days after the events took place.
Collateral Repair Project, Jordan – workshops June 2023
The magic workshop [Hashemi Shamali Centre] training and performance organized by Magic for Smiles was truly fantastic. The children who participated were engaged, enthusiastic, and showed great progress throughout the program. The workshop was well-structured, providing a perfect balance of learning and fun.
The trainer did an excellent job of teaching the children various magic tricks and techniques. he was patient, encouraging, and made sure that each child understood the tricks and could perform them confidently. The workshop not only taught the children magic but also helped boost their self-confidence and stage presence. It was inspiring to see how the kids blossomed and gained more self-assurance with each performance.
The highlight of the program was the final performance by the kids. They showcased their newfound skills and wowed the audience with their magic tricks. It was evident that they had worked hard and practiced diligently to perfect their performances. The pride and joy on their faces were truly heartwarming.
Care4Calais North East – May 2023
We were delighted to have Magic for Smiles perform for some of the asylum seekers we support. Jamie was a pleasure to work with. He was flexible and understanding of both our needs and limitations. We hope to work with him again in the future.
Care4Calais Bedfordshire -May 2023
The show was fantastic and engaging for all involved. Parents loved the messages of hope and unity demonstrated throughout and the kids loved participating. Some comments we had included “We enjoyed it to the fullest, we laughed too much and the magician’s excellent presentation. My favorite part was the newspaper. Excellent show!” We are not often able to offer professional entertainment on this scale for the Refugee families we support so to have a show as good as Jamie’s was a real privilege and we would definitely recommend! Thanks!
Collateral Repair Project, Jordan
Having Magic For Smiles at our community centers in Amman, Jordan was an incredibly fruitful experience. We have been in partnership with Magic for Smiles for several years and found that Magic education and shows provide not only a space for laughter and fun for vulnerable children that we serve, but also opportunities to develop psychosocial wellness. We thank Magic for Smiles for providing shows for children in our community from vulnerable refugee and Jordanian families.
Médecins Sans Frontières – Jordan – Feb 2023
Everyone interacted with the magician, had fun and changed the routine of the patients’ day in the hospital
Mental Health Manager, MSF-France Reconstructive Surgery Hospital, Amman, Jordan
Lucie Venard – Yalla
Jamie presented 3 magic shows for the children of Yalla! Pour les Enfants school in Aley and students of Aley First public school. He adapted the shows to fit different age groups from 5 to 14 year old and all children were delighted by the fun, great magic! With very simple material he was able to surprise them, make them laugh and cry from excitement.
He also ran two magic teaching sessions separated by age, initiating them to nice tricks with simple materials. Thank you Jamie for these wonderful moments you offered the children!
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Great show for a virtual Hen do!
Great show for a virtual Hen do! Really enjoyed it. It was a real performance – magic, music, lighthearted and witty. It really made the occasion special.
Hen party Oxfordshire
What a wonderful live magic show! I had no idea how an online magic show would work, but everything was clearly live and in front of our eyes. We were captivated and surprised by the tricks and turns, and we were able to participate in the tricks. Jamie turned the mirrored screen movements into part of the humour of the trick and made us laugh. Really cheered me up during these dark lockdown evenings. Thank you so much. Highly recommended. (Comment 1)
Great show for a virtual Hen do! Really enjoyed it. It was a real performance – magic, music, lighthearted and witty. It really made the occasion special. (Comment 2)
Nada Safsouf – MAGICAL
MAGICAL offers a variety of packages for all your events including Birthdays parties, gatherings, Halloween parties and themed events. Last week there were a birthday and Jamie came and did a magic show and the children (about 20 kids) liked the show so much.
Martin Lauder – parent
A crowd of very excited 4 year-olds were spellbound for the entire half hour, and all clamouring to participate in the act. The show was thought provoking for the kids and Jamie was great at getting them involved. A wholehearted recommendation to other parents.
William Dobson – Aaliya’s Books
Jamie did a wonderful show at Aaliya’s Books in Beirut. A great range of tricks with fun and memorable presentation for both children and adults alike. Highly recommended
Badaro Festival organiser
The first time I saw Him, i thought, he’s too serious to be a magician. Then, I checked his Facebook page and saw some beautiful photos showing kids reactions. BUT, seeing his live show at Badaro Magical Christmas…. that was amazing! Behind that serious look, there’s a wonderful personality that catches the attention of all ages audience. Jamie … the Humanitarian Magician.
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