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Joel Howlett brings a touch of magic to aged care residents

He’s pulled more rabbits out of hats than most of us have had hot dinners and has been enthralling Novocastrians with his brand of magic for years.

But don’t go thinking a global pandemic would stop award-winning magician Joel Howlett from not having anything up his sleeves.

Joel, who is the brains behind JDs World Of Magic was at Anglican Care’s Scenic Lodge in Merewether on Monday, giving the appreciative residents a taste of his Bringing Back The Magic show.

With the past six months meaning that many of the facilities volunteers had to stop visiting, Anglican Care’s lifestyle, wellbeing, and diversity manager Jane Meldrum said that Joel’s performances on Monday were an absolute boon to morale.

“It’s really important that our residents have that enjoyment and fun, given the current circumstances have been so challenging for all of us and the residents and their families with the restrictive visitation,” she said.

“Joel has done lots of fun things for the for the residents this morning. They’ve actually enjoyed every moment of it. He’s made them laugh and have some fun together. It’s particularly important from the lifestyle, well-being and diversity perspective that we make the individualsed needs of our residents and really enhance their quality of life.”

Joel added that he too enjoyed his time performing for the residents, adding that he felt ‘lucky’ to be afforded the opportunity.

“I’m feeling so lucky. Four months ago when the coronavirus hit us, I was really stuck – almost overnight. I lost my corporate work, but I was hoping to still do my school shows but now that we can’t do school assemblies I was really stuck looking for an audience,” he said.

“And then the folks at Anglican Care extended an invitation to come and visit their residents. And we’ve come up with a plan, we’re doing it safely in our masks and having a lot of fun. 

We’re having a ball and I really appreciate the idea and the residents are appreciating it too – so that’s great.”

Written by Newcastle Live

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