Disabled Worcester Park boy’s trick is a magical experience
Magic may be rubbing off on a disabled schoolboy after learning a trick helped him move his fingers for the first time.
Seven-year-old Tristan Landuyt, from Worcester Park, has hemiplegia – a paralysis affecting the right side of his body.
This means his hand and arm is weakened and he struggles with daily activities such as using a knife and fork.
However, Tristan attended the Breathe Magic Camp, led by Breathe Arts Health Research and funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, during the summer holiday and can now do things once thought to be impossible.
At the camp, Magic Circle magicians work alongside clinicians to teach the children specially adapted magic tricks to perform to their friends and families.
The children also learn circus skills, costume design and theatre production, with all activities designed in a way to get them to use both their hands.
Tristan’s mum, Katharine Bryant, 46, from Worcester Park, said: “It is just a fantastic experience. My son has not been able to use his right arm since he was born.
“He can move his fingers for the first time in his life.
“Even zipping up a jacket you don’t realise how we take that second hand for granted. You do not realise until you see my son, Tristan, cutting up his dinner.”
The magic camp culminated in a final show for family, friends and doctors on August 23.
Miss Bryant added: “It was very tearful – it was quite emotional.
“This is the first programme addressing the hand and the arm. The team are so enthusiastic – they think outside of the box. The two magicians are just so good.
“This really fires them up and gives them self-esteem. It has been magic for us – it really has.
“None of them had met any other hemiplegic children. They have formed some very firm friendships.”