Chad's Story


 

 

Every magician has a story about how they learned their first trick, well Chad's story is quite unique but in a very magical way...

 

In 1991, at the age of three, Chad was diagnosed with leukemia. In 1995, at the age of seven, he relapsed. He needed a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of friends, family, and his medical team, no match was found. As a result, doctors decided to try an experimental protocol. For the next 17 months Chad lived as an inpatient at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He went from a 80% chance of survival to under 5%.

While he was bravely fighting the battle, his father would use magic to distract Chad from the fear and pain he was enduring. While receiving his treatments, Chad would lie in his hospital bed and practice his magic for hours a day. In 1998 at the age of 9 Chad was released from the hospital. That same year, Chad's dad collapsed and was subsequently diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Chad's father deteriorated quickly. In a matter of a few months, he became a three month old trapped in a 41-year-old body. The roles have reversed as Chad would now perform his magic while his father recieved his treatments in the hospital. Sadley Chad's father passed away on Janurary 17th, 2000.

Today, Chad is an international entertainer/speaker who is lucky enough to share his magic and motivational message across the world. Chad has shared his magic internationally in numerous region of Canada and for the Island of Aruba, where he was invited by the Prime Minister to perform for the under privileged families of the island. Chad has also had the honor at sharing his magic at such places as Carnegie Hall and is also the youngest magician ever to perform at The White House by special invitation of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. Chad has been featured on several hit television shows including ABC's Good Morning America, CW Network's Penn & Teller FOOL US, A&E's Criss Angel Mindfreak and Food Network's Dinner Impossiple. Chad has also performed at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.

Along with Chad's performing services he is also the founder of the Spread the Magic Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer in the hopes that everyone can find the magic in their lives as Chad did his.