By Jack Elsom For Mailonline
Published: 16:56 GMT, 1 November 2019 | Updated: 16:59 GMT, 1 November 2019
For a generation of children engrossed with the wizarding world of Harry Potter, it can be dejecting to remember that problems cannot be solved with the casual wave of a wand.
But although a simple spell unfortunately cannot cure an illness, teaching young patients magic can make nerve-wracking hospital trips less stressful, a study has found.
The experiment by Stony Brook pediatric ward in New York discovered that so-called magic therapy alleviated children's anxiety levels by 25 per cent.
And the staggering success of the trial has led 98 per cent of physicians and nurses to swing behind rolling out magic shows and lessons in hospitals.
The experiment by Stony Brook pediatric ward in New York discovered that so-called magic therapy alleviated children's anxiety levels by 25 per cent
Pediatric patients often find prolonged stays in hospital a stressful experience due to 'new environments, receiving unfamiliar treatments, separation from family and friends, and loss of self-determination, the authors claim.
Moreover, anxiety is also heaped on their parents and guardians who fret for their children and may have money worries if treatment incurs a financial burden.
Numerous trials in recent years have looked to reduce this stress on both children and carers.
Examples have included humour-therapy - making children laugh - and using soothing music as a calming influence.
Yet the emergence of magic therapy - using tricks to entertain and occupy children's minds - has scarcely been trialled.
Anxiety is a normal part of life that affects different people in different ways at different times.