“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
Paul Cohen is larger than life. Once you meet him, you will never forget your encounter! But beyond his big personality, he 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 living 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 The Conversation Towards 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’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. 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 the publishing and sales industry, but eventually realized he wouldn’t be happy until he at least took a shot at magic as a career. 25 amazing years later, he’s very happy he did.
As a member of the Society of American Magicians (SAM) and the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), Will is an international professional magician, performing all manner of private and corporate functions, theaters, and cruise ships.
It is every magician’s dream to perform at the world-renowned Magic Castle in Hollywood and Will has done so for over ten years. As a member of a select team of magicians chosen by the Magic Castle, he has performed in over 40 countries for Crystal Cruises, in their highly acclaimed Magic Castle at Sea program.
Will was invited to lecture and perform his original magic at the 2016 Annual IBM Convention, a highly regarded industry honor, along with winning the ‘International Championship in Strolling Magic’, competing against magicians from over 30 countries. In 2015, Will produced, Bring It!, a highly acclaimed triple-DVD set of his magic for his peers, which was chosen as the #2 Product of the Year by industry critics. Additionally, Will has released a full-length book of original magic for his fellow magicians.
Will’s company, Team Magic!, provides custom entertainment and unique magic themed team-building programs for corporations of all sizes, including dozens of Fortune 500 clients. http://www.teammagicinc.com
As part of his commitment to passing on the gift of magic to children, Will has been the magic instructor at the acclaimed NJ summer arts program, FLASH. He is also a teacher and lecturer at the world’s most prestigious magic camp, Tannen’s Magic Camp, for aspiring wizards ages 8 to 18, which is held at Bryn Mawr College in PA.
Having gained the experience of teaching magic to more than 2,000 students over the last 20 years, as well as private one-on-one magic mentoring, Will recently launched Aces Magic Academy, a curriculum-based magic school in NJ for children ages 8-15. www.acesmagicacademy.com
When he’s not professionally entertaining, Will has contributed his time and talents by performing over 100 shows for long-term care and rehabilitation centers, senior centers, and homeless shelters.
With great enthusiasm, Will joined the Magical Healing team to take on the mantle of creating the innovative Magical Healing Program curriculum. Will’s international connections in the world of magic make him a natural conduit for expanding Magical Healing’s presence.
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 recent bride, Vania, with whom he shares a home in NJ.
Heidi Alber SECRETARY
Children have always been a central focus for Heidi so bringing that devotion and her skills to the Magical Healing organization is the fulfillment of her life’s dream of making a lasting difference in their lives.
Spending the majority of her business career as a successful retail owner, Heidi provided the creative marketing for her company’s product lines. Frequently published in design and trade journals for her innovative concepts, Heidi’s company was nationally recognized as a leader in elevating the standards of fireplace showroom design. She further expanded her love of design to include staging homes from Gramercy Park, Manhattan to San Francisco, CA.
Heidi’s passion for writing gained momentum over the years 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. http://www.partershipsforchange.org. She previously served on the Board of Capriole Productions, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which produced socially aware documentaries. Heidi created 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 University of Lynchburg, VA, she also studied German Literature at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany. Heidi participates in programs produced by Landmark Worldwide, a personal and professional growth, training and development organization.
Heidi is always thrilled to treat family and friends to her international culinary creations over highly spirited conversations. She’s also crazy about sushi and the samba-reggae music of Bahia, Brazil.
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.
Simon is a master sleight of hand comedian frequently performing at corporate events including MGM, Facebook and Google. When not entertaining for corporations and private events in the greater NYC area and worldwide, Simon generously contributes his time and talents to Magical Healing and other nonprofit organizations. www.theSimonShow.com