Spencer is widely considered the leading authority on the educational and therapeutic benefits of arts-based programs in education and rehabilitation. His work has taken him around the world where he has conducted professional development training for educators, interactive classroom activities for students, and continuing education workshops for rehabilitation specialists. He has a B.S. in Integrated Studies (psychology and religion), an M.Ed. in Arts & Interdisciplinary Academic Education, and a Certification in Autism. He is an Authorized Speaker and Subject Matter Expert for the U.S. State Department and is a regular speaker at international education and healthcare conferences. He believes in the power of the arts to bring transformative experiences to people of all abilities. This passion lead to the founding of his non-profit corporation, Hocus Focus, Inc., which is dedicated to empowering people of all abilities and working toward full inclusion of those with abilities different than our own.
Kevin Spencer is an educator, consultant, performer, social entrepreneur and a award-winning film producer. He is also faculty in the Special Education program at Carlow University (PA) where he teaches a course on the intersection of the arts for special populations. With more than 30 years in the entertainment industry, he is a world-renowned illusionist with dozens of accolades to his credit. He and his wife, Cindy, were the recipients of the Merlin Award for International Magicians of the Year (2009) and six-time recipients of Performing Arts Entertainer of the Year. Most recently, the Milbourne Christopher Foundation honored them as Illusionists of the Year (2015) for their unique contributions to the art of magic.
A residency with Kevin Spencer encompasses everything we care about as Arts Professionals – providing access to the arts for all ages and abilities. In an age of increasing challenges within our educational and healthcare systems, Kevin offers extraordinary methods for reaching those deemed “unreachable.” His work not only reaches, but teaches, engages and helps to heal. The video to the left will provide additional information on this powerful residency!
All constituents benefit from a Spencer Residency:
• Individuals in your community with disabilities will benefit from this amazing, arts-based outreach program.
• Board Members will take pride in the offerings to your community’s underserved populations.
• Development Officers will immediately recognize the funding potential.
• Education and Medical Professionals will applaud the practical applications for challenged students and patients.
For those who have seen Kevin’s mainstage performances, it may be difficult to envision anything more magical; but I can assure you, the real, measurable, life-changing magic happens when he steps off the stage into our communities. I’ve yet to identify a group that didn’t immediately respond to his approach and continue to discover new applications and audiences for his programs. I’ve always considered it an honor to work with Kevin. Having seen first-hand the effects of his work, I now consider securing his services as my responsibility to those in need. His passion serves as a powerful reminder of what attracted us all to the arts and mission-driven work in the first place – to make a difference.Sharon Reid-Kane, Vice President of Education & Outreach, Ruth Eckerd Hall (FL)
Kevin Spencer’s residency at The Zeiterion Theatre is one that we won’t soon forget. In total, his week here included 2 Professional Development workshops, a week-long magic camp, 11 classroom visits and a sensory friendly mainstage performance for the public. Kevin’s offerings provided us with unique and enriching experiences for our community that had kids laughing, teachers planning, and young magicians dreaming of what could be. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from educators, students, parents and community members alike. His enthusiasm, positive attitude and sheer passion for his work was infectious. Kevin’s wealth of knowledge in his craft and special education was unmistakable. I have no doubts that the impact of his residency will have long lasting results and am thrilled that we were able to work with him.Rose Mary Gill, Executive Director, Zeiterion Theatre (MA)