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Certain bonds come down to pure magic

Students have a champion who shares their craft and supports their achievements.

High school student smiling in reaction to a magic trick performed by Joshua Jay

Sammie Jones, a Gahanna Lincoln High School student with special needs, reacts to Jay’s trick at the January 2020 Magifest. The students perform at the magic convention each year, and Jay supports their magic-focused education program. (Photo by Jo McCulty)

“Giving these children the chance to feel that energy is so powerful.”

Joshua Jay

Jay’s company also has provided free props and tricks for the Gahanna Lincoln magic program, which has proved so popular it has grown to include the work of a third intervention specialist, Jill Evans ’10, ’16 MA.

“Tiffany, Cheryl and Jill make the magic work, and that is its own kind of magic,” Jay says. “People like the three of them exist as a positive force in this world.”

Rian’s mom, Jodi Kisner Springer ’96, can attest to how that force of goodwill is multiplied through the relationship between Jay and Gahanna Lincoln’s magic program. She saw the benefits firsthand when her daughter and her classmates performed at the 2019 Magifest.

“I was nervous,” Springer says. “I had never seen any of them in that type of role before. I didn’t know how it was going to turn out, but it was perfect. Everything was just great. You never know how people are going to react, but everyone was so kind and embraced the kids. You could just see how much Josh loves them.

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