“Envisioning a world where our children are empowered by their own special magic to uplift others through kindness, contribution and leadership.”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Paul Cohen FOUNDER / PRESIDENT
This is the true joy in life,
the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.
George Bernard Shaw
Paul Cohen is larger than life. Once you meet him, you will never forget your encounter! But beyond his big personality, Paul is a visionary with a huge heart and commitment that is an inspiration to many. Magical Healing was an epiphany he had while performing simple magic tricks for his hospitalized mother. He realized that for a brief moment, time was suspended and the pain and concerns were replaced with joy and wonderment. His revelation became a reality as he breathed life into creating the Magical Healing Program. Paul is a self-taught speaker and magician using his gifts to touch the lives of thousands of disabled veterans, seniors, children dealing with life-threatening illnesses, and struggling families in shelters.
Paul honed his many skills over the years to become a successful entrepreneur, vice president and executive manager. As vice president and international sales director of a high profile publication firm, he traveled extensively for ten years to source and hire management teams as well as train over 8,000 people. Paul was an executive director for twelve years representing highly recognizable icons in the NYC fashion industry.
A true student of life, Paul is passionate about continuously expanding and developing himself as a human being. He engages in Landmark Worldwide, a personal and professional growth, training and development company. He also completed five years of course work in The Conversation Toward Autonomy, developing an executive capacity to think, act decisively, reason critically and self-govern.
Paul is an exercise enthusiast and meditates daily. He loves to entertain friends by preparing fattening gourmet meals, fascinating conversations and, of course, magic! Paul splits his time living in NYC with his love and life partner, Linda, as well as NJ in the space allotted him by his rescue cats.
Will Fern VICE PRESIDENT
Like most professional magicians, seeing a masterful magician at a very young age sparked Will Fern’s interest in magic. In his case, it was age 7 and the magician was John ‘Constantine’ Mitsopolous, his brother’s high school track coach and part time professional magician. Never in his wildest dreams did he think his childhood passion would become his life’s work.
With a BA in Literature and a minor in Marketing from the University of Rhode Island, Will “survived” 6 years in publishing and sales, but eventually realized he wouldn’t be happy until he took a shot at magic as a career. 25 amazing years later, he’s very happy he did.
Now as a seasoned professional, he performs primarily for corporate affairs and private events, and in theaters and cruise ships around the world. Will’s company, Team Magic!,, provides custom entertainment and unique team building programs for dozens of Fortune 500 corporations, like Goldman Sachs, Pepsi and Novartis.
In addition to his professional work as a magician, Will has performed scores of magic shows at senior centers, nursing homes, veterans hospitals, homeless shelters, and family crises centers. With his extensive background in teaching summer school and after-school magic classes to thousands of children, Will’s insight provides the perfect platform to take on the mantle of creating the Magical Healing Program curriculum.
Among his numerous career credits of authoring a book and creating a highly regarded DVD set of his original material in magic, Will has won an international championship award from the International Brotherhood of Magicians, competing against magicians from over 30 countries. He continues to teach and lecture at Tannen’s Magic Camp for children ages 8-18 and regularly performs at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.
A die-hard fan of the New York Mets and the Washington Redskins, Will feels absolutely no shame for supporting either, although some think he should. He also enjoys blues and reggae music almost as much as Oreos and milk. But above all, his true love is his wife, Vania, with whom he shares a home in NJ.
Heidi Alber SECRETARY
Magic is believing in yourself,
if you can do that, you can make anything happen.
Children have always been a central focus for Heidi so bringing her devotion and skills to the Magical Healing organization is the fulfillment of her life’s dream of making a lasting difference in their lives.
Heidi developed a successful exit strategy to sell her prominent 25-year-old retail business, Alber’s Inc., a.k.a. Alber’s Fireplaces. Frequently published in design and trade journals for her innovative concepts, Heidi provided the creative marketing for her company’s product lines. Her company was nationally recognized as a leader in elevating the standards of fireplace showroom design. Heidi further expanded her love of design to include a business staging homes from Gramercy Park, Manhattan to San Francisco, CA.
Her pursuit of writing gained momentum to include ghost writing for numerous authors and lending her talents as a nonprofit grant writer. Together with Partnerships For Change® CEO/Co-founder, Jackie Miller, they co-authored The New Heart at Work–Stories and Strategies for Building Self-esteem and Reawakening the Soul at Work.
Heidi also serves on the Board of Partnerships For Change® (PFC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which promotes social and economic transformation through direct humanitarian action and sustainable development. PFC and its worldwide partners bring awareness while building advocacy and policy change using compelling storytelling through documentaries and other media platforms. . Heidi has enjoyed creating fundraising events for The Jimmy Fund and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Degreed with a BS in Natural History and a minor in German Literature from Lynchburg
College, VA, Heidi also studied German Literature at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany. For over 30 years, she has participated in programs produced by Landmark Worldwide, a personal and professional growth, training and development organization.
Heidi is in her element when preparing international culinary delights for a highly animated assortment of family and friends. She says the best way to hear her favorite samba-reggae music of Bahia, Brazil is in person and at maximum volume.
BOARD OF ADVISORS:
Anthony Ferrer Production & Technical Advisor
By day, Anthony Ferrer is well on the path to earn a doctorate in psychology. By night, Anthony’s passion for professionally performing magic is mirrored by his passion for making a difference for others. Luckily, he gets to do both with Magical Healing. www.magicbyanthonyevents.com
Simon Mandal Advisor / Professional Magician