Mr Liu has been with us for 15 years, and has been going to the hospitals like clockwork. Our new program coordinator Clare just took office. She wanted to share her impressions from the first time she met him: 

" I visited Ertong hospital on 17th January 2018 and met with Mr. Liu, who has been working with Magic Hospital for 15 years. On this particular Wednesday, we went to the ophthalmology ward, where there were about 10 children waiting for the clown. Mr. Liu interacted with the children in a way that mirrored their current states, he was calm and grounded, and most importantly, funny. Though most of the patients were fatigued and in pain, he was able to elicit smiles and laughs from them, and generated lots of interest. After a short “show”, Mr. Liu began interacting with the children one at a time, creating balloon animals and, if appropriate to the child’s energy level, asking for assistance with his magic tricks. The kids seemed happy and relieved and although low energy, excited by the presence of the clown" 

According to me, a healthy sense of humor is paramount to a healthy lifestyle, and I try and laugh as much as I can. I laugh with people, and at myself, sometimes I even laugh for no reason. Of course, at times, it can be harder to find humor in the little things. Take stress, for example, or extreme boredom, or pain. Pain seems like the antithesis of laughter, which must be why they say ‘laughter is the best medicine’.

At Magic Hospital, I’ve seen a group of people who truly believe this, and are dedicated to bringing this medicine to the children who need it most. Children in hospitals are often anxious, fatigued and hurting. They spend their days facing challenges I couldn’t imagine; but once a week, they get to take a break. A character in a silly costume pays special attention to them, plays with them, makes them gasp in wonder and most importantly, laugh. And when they laugh, they forget the monotony, they forget the pain, and for just a moment, they forget the burden, and this is why I truly believe in this work and am happy to have joined the team.".

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