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This cardiologist has a ‘magical side’

New Britain [December 13 2011] - Jan Paris, M.D., is known to have a few tricks up his sleeve.

He can shuffle away a two of spades card, make it disappear and then whoa – it’s back. Then there’s his ring on a black silk string trick. He slides a ring on a string and almost before you can say “abracadabra” a couple times the ring’s on a clip within his snap-shut key holder in his pocket. (He hasn’t lost a spectator’s wedding ring yet!)

While Paris’ patients know him as their cardiologist, many of his established patients who may see him as Hospital of Central Connecticut patients or at his Grove Hill Medical Center office know the “magical” side of Paris, also a professional magician.

“If I see cards there I will always pick up their cards,” he says of hospital visits with patients.

Some tricks may even have therapeutic value for spectators. “If they’re tense they become a little less tense; if they’re upset they become a little less upset,” says the magician, who always carries a deck of cards.

“I got into it because it was fun to do,” says Paris, recalling it was a magic set he got as a youngster that started this hobby, nurtured by annual trips to Manhattan with his mother that always included a stop to Martinka & Co., a former magic store on 34th Street owned by the late famed magician Al Flosso who taught Paris a couple of tricks after a purchase. “It was very exciting.”

His fascination with magic continued in college when he began to perform for friends. Over the years, he’d put the magic tools away and periodically come back to it. “About six years ago I took it out and since then I never put it away,” says Paris who does coin, card and ring tricks at special events like weddings and bar mitzvahs. “I’ll do it for anyone who wants to see it.”

His repertoire includes about 25 tricks honed through daily practice. “You want to catch your error before somebody else does,” he says.

He enjoys spectators’ reactions, noting they’re baffled, with no clue as to how they were tricked. “It’s an art that not a lot of people do.”

Paris hopes to continue doing magic for others even after he retires from medicine. “My dream would be to retire on some Caribbean island, do magic and do some volunteer work in a hospital as a physician.”

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900, X6507

Jan Paris, M.D., is also a professional magician

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