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Did you see this week’s full moon? It looked so magical over the mountains before the sun rose Tuesday morning. It reminded me of how much magic exists in our lives and how important it is to appreciate it.
To make a sick child smile — if only for a few moments — well, that feeling is intoxicating, says Jay Knapp.
Every Friday, Oro Valley resident Jay Knapp carries his silver suitcase of props from room to room in Tucson Medical Center’s pediatric intensive care unit to perform magic for young patients who are spending days and even weeks in the hospital. Knapp’s magic tricks have cheered up children for 13 years.
Six-year-old Aamiah Weisenberger laughs with glee as magician Jay Knapp passes a coin from behind one ear to the other at Tucson Medical Center last week. The Oro Valley man regularly visits children like Aamiah who might get a little glum during their hospital stay.
Thursday, Sept. 15
Nominations are due Jan. 15 for the annual Citizen of the Year award, presented by the Rotary Club of Oro Valley.
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J.D. Fitzgerald/ Special to the Explorer, Jay Knapp plays a shell game with Luis and his mother Leticia at the Tucson Medical Center.
J.D. Fitzgerald/ Special to the Explorer, When Jay Knapp goes to the Tucson Medical Center, he's always got his magic kit, a smile, a story and some illusions for children and their parents who could use a lift.
J.D. Fitzgerald/ Special to the Explorer, Jay Knapp, 81, keeps the shells moving when entertaining children at the Tucson Medical Center. He has been named Citizen of the Year by the Rotary Club of Oro Valley.
J.D. Fitzgerald/ Special to the Explorer, Oro Valley magician Jay Knapp taps the forehead of Tucson Medical Center patient Luis Merino, 12, giving him the magic to heal while his mother Letica Tyrrell looked on.
Jay Knapp, the first Oro Valley Citizen of the Year as named by the Rotary Club of Oro Valley, was brought near tears by his recognition Saturday night.
Dave Perry/The Explorer, Jay and Reva Knapp posed with Jay's award symbolizing his selection as Oro Valley Citizen of the Year by the Rotary Club of Oro Valley.
Sun City group's annual quilt show March 6-7
Jay Knapp of Sun City Vistoso is being recognized as the Oro Valley Rotary Club's Citizen of the Year.
August 17, 2005 - A jolly man with a magic wand and a metal case full of surprises bustles over to the hospital bed that 6-year-old Dakota Wood is momentarily calling home.