He works two days a week at P.J.’s Trick Shop
The magical resurrection of Trent Rivas:
When he was born, he suffered a stroke.
A lifesaving medical procedure caused a second stroke, leaving him with
damage to about 85 percent of the right hemisphere of his brain.
Doctors said Trent would live, but the future looked bleak: His ability
to think abstractly was gone; the part of the brain that processes
emotions was damaged; cerebral palsy would inhibit use of the left side of his body.
The only way he could learn was through experiencing things, and
repetition. He received physical and occupational therapy and went
through the special-education system, his mother fighting every step to
give him the best shot at a good life. She exposed him to as much as she
could: music, movies and, around age 12, a magic show.
Two years later, they saw another magician, and Cathy Rivas noticed how
the show held her son’s attention. She bought him an instructional video
that sat unwatched for a couple of years. Then one day she found him in
the basement room where he spent most of his time, watching the video
over and over, working out a trick one step at a time…
Read the article: The power of magic.When Trent Rivas is not performing illusions, he stares blankly and struggles to communicate. But learning magic has opened a door to an undamaged part of his brain and to a whole new world, Chicago Tribune>>
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