Kevin Spencer is a teaching artist, researcher, consultant, and award-winning film producer as well as faculty in the Special Education program at Carlow University (PA) where he teaches a course on arts integration in the classroom for special populations. He is also a world-renowned Illusionist with dozens of accolades to his credit including 2009 International Magician of the Year and six-time recipient of Performing Arts Entertainer of the Year. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Milbourne Christopher Award for Magician of the Year for his unique contributions to the art of magic. For his humanitarian endeavors, he was given the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity.
Spencer is the creator of the Hocus Focus project (an arts-based curriculum that uses magic tricks to teach functional and academic skills to students of all abilities) and holds a Certification in Autism Studies. His groundbreaking research on the educational benefits of integrating magic tricks into the classroom for all students, including those developmental delays and intellectual disabilities, has been published in numerous peer-reviewed education journals. He developed and validated an assessment instrument for educators that measure student outcomes using an arts-integrated teaching approach. In 2017, this instrument – Hocus Focus Analytics – received the NBC Comcast People’s Choice Award for the most innovative education project of 2017.
In 2014, he produced his first short documentary titled POWERFUL MEDICINE: SIMPLY MAGIC. It premiered in Braga, Portugal in July 2014 to an enthusiastic audience and has been screened at dozens of international film festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe. It has earned 18 international awards including Best Short Documentary from the Hollywood Short Film Festival and Los Angeles Movie Awards, and the Humanitarian Platinum Award from the United Nations.
Spencer is on the Board of Directors of the Division of International Special Education Services (DISES) and the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA).