Hocus Pocus Project
The Hocus Pocus Project was launch in June 2007 by the Conjuring Arts Research Center at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in New York City. Hocus Pocus teaches magic to disadvantaged youth and adults. The goal of the pilot program is to empower participants by introducing them to fun and accessible magic effects that, with some effort, they will master and be able to share in other settings.
It is important to note that HPP is not magic entertainment, but magic education.
The Hocus Pocus curriculum is centered around learning how to demonstrate magical powers. The sessions intrigue participants with the concept of learning a "power" that can amaze friends and family. Once a student experiences the rush of having a magical skill that sets them apart from the crowd, it is easy to encourage further study of the art.
Another way HPP will enable its participants to explore magic is through Ask Alexander online database. Conjuring Arts plans to develop a portion of Ask Alexander specifically dedicated to the motivated Hocus Pocus student providing free access to select materials to any student who is looking to advance their studies, or expresses an interest in magic history.