Magicians Travel to Migrant Detention Centers

Magicians Without Borders, a nonprofit run by husband and wife team Tom Verner and Janet Fredericks, has a big mission—to entertain, educate, and empower the world’s forgotten children through the art of magic.

 They are looking for support for an upcoming magical undertaking at the U.S.-Mexico border—a poignant example of their remarkable work with refugee and orphan children around the world.

 Since 1991, Tom Verner and Janet Fredericks, from Lincoln, Vermont, have traveled to 38 countries, bringing love, laughter, magic, and hope to more than 1 million children. 

 Their attention is now being turned towards the humanitarian crisis in our own country, at the southern border.

 Tom and Janet have recently returned from the U.S.-Mexico border, where they performed for children in the detention centers and for thousands of migrants in the shelters along the border.

They are planning two more trips to the border over the next few months. Friends and neighbors who have been touched by their vision for a compassionate future are seeking donations to help fund these trips.


·      Funds raised will go directly towards airfare, accommodations, a rental car, and food.

·      Each trip will be approximately 10 days in length and will include 2–3 detention-center visits per day.

·      They will perform in all the shelters in and around Juarez and El Paso, on both sides of the border, including the center in Clint, Texas, which we hear so much about in the news.

·      They will perform in over 20 Annunciation House shelters, each housing at least 100 asylum-seeking migrants released from ICE detention. Tom and Janet have a wonderful connection with Annunciation House, which loves having them perform for their migrants. One of the nuns at Annunciation said to them after a performance, “I have never heard the halls of our shelter filled with such laughter.”

·      If time permits, they will do impromptu performances on the streets of Juarez. On past trips, they have done many of these, as well as performances in prisons and day care centers for the children of the women who work in the factories in Juarez.

Be part of the magic. Help Magicians Without Borders continue their invaluable work.

"  It is a blessing for us and for the children to bring a bit of love, laughter, magic and hope to these imprisoned children separated from their families. Which is why we will do as many performances in as many places as possible. " Remarks Tom.  

Interested in learning more about their mission? Visit their website for further information at 

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Magicians Without Borders 
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