Today we’d like to introduce you to Maggie Mae Reid, MA-CMHC, APCC.
Maggie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My friend Katy and I love learning. We have signed up for dozens of classes all over Los Angeles. Pottery, American Sign Language, Stained Glass Window Making, Glass blowing, Glass fusion, sushi making, trapeze, if it’s been sold on Groupon we have probably taken it! So in 2013 when Katy and I visited The Magic Castle and she suggested magic classes you would think I would jump on board, but I didn’t at first. It took some convincing, but eventually, we began our first six-week magic class. We were hooked, we went on to take five levels of Magic at The Magic Castle, and six months into classes I auditioned to be a Magician Member of The Academy of Magical Arts at The Magic Castle and I passed! I have been an active performing member of The Magic Castle since 2014.
Around the same time, I was working as a nanny for a kid who was in occupational therapy. As I would help him with physical exercises that he was doing to improve hand/eye coordination, I realized the same thing could be accomplished with a deck of cards, and it was more fun! I started to find ways to use magic to help him improve his fine motor skills. I wanted to find more ways to use magic as a form of healing!
In 2016, after some personal struggles with anxiety and depression, I decided to get my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy so that I could become a licensed therapist to help kids in their healing process. Focusing on Expressive Arts was inspired by my experience as a magician. I spent three years in graduate school trying to find fun ways to include magic in the therapeutic process. Magic gives kids a sense of power and control and this can be therapeutic! I graduated in 2019 and am currently an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor working with kids in schools ages 6-18.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The Magic Castle has about 2500 active members, and only 100 of them are women. I have definitely struggled to get respect as a female magician. I have had people ask me to move from the magicians chair to make room for the magician. I am constantly met with “oh, is your husband the member?” or “Wow! YOU are a magician member??” The Women’s Magician Association has been supportive of my journey.
On the flip-side, as an Expressive Arts Therapist, I am rarely surrounded by male co-workers. However, there are times when I have felt slighted or undervalued as a therapist when I am interacting or working with male therapists.
Please tell us about your work.
As a magician, I find ways to use humor and joy while I interact with my audience. I love people and I love storytelling. Much of my job as a magician is to weave a story using magic as the catalyst.
As a therapist, I also find ways to use humor and joy when interacting with patients (when therapeutically appropriate). I find that looking for amusement in all things can be helpful. We shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I believe that the character traits that have helped in my success are my ability to tell stories, being able to laugh at myself and finding genuine ways to connect with others.
- Website: www.MagicalMags.com
- Phone: 305-206-0431
- Email: Maggiereid@gmail.com
- Instagram: Mags120