Meet Our Team
David Elkin - President
David Elkin is an Emergency Medicine resident physician and serves as President of MagicAid. He started magic at a young age by baffling people with his cardistry skills and Three-Card Monte. A performer from a young age, he amazed teachers and classmates alike with card games on the school bus and during nutrition in middle school and early high school.
When he was 14, he auditioned for and was accepted to the Academy of Magical Arts Junior program, which has produced some of the greatest magicians of our time. David performed for many private parties, fundraisers, and at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood for its many celebrities and guests. He was also a regular performer at events for the Somaly Mam Foundation, a charity dedicated to saving and rehabilitating women who were sold into slavery.
In high school, he founded MagicAid. He performed at the hospital every Friday night, ultimately for over 900 kids and adults, and was lucky enough to be featured on ABC7 Eyewitness News for his work.
He was invited by The Magic Castle’s president, Neil Patrick Harris, to join his committee and lead teams in designing and implementing new features, gags, and illusions to improve The Magic Castle clubhouse. He was an active member on the committee from 2012 until 2014, when he began medical school at Stony Brook University.
As a medical student, David began teaching his classmates magic and recruiting them to join MagicAid so that they too could perform for pediatric patients. By his third year, he had already trained and recruited over 70 members, as well as established MagicAid as a non-profit organization, ready to spread the magic nationwide.
Harrison Pravder serves as Vice President of MagicAid. He is currently a medical student at Stony Brook School of Medicine and has academic interests in anesthesiology, pediatric cardiology/critical care, and medical education. During his first year of medical school at Stony Brook, Harrison joined the MagicAid student group and has not turned back since. He became a magic enthusiast and the group's President. He loves engaging with new patients and their families, sharing new mystical magic moments, helping to create more smiles, and remains active as a magic therapist to this day.
As a founding director of our non-profit, Harrison is dedicated to MagicAid’s mission. He is involved with all activities of the organization and has a special interest in our medical school and research programs. An elected member of the Sigma Xi Research Society, Harrison is MagicAid's Research Coordinator. He helps develop our studies with investigators, ensure quality of the projects, and has presented MagicAid research internationally.
When not studying or in the hospital, Harrison enjoys running, cooking, chocolate, and water sports. He currently resides in Long Island, NY where he enjoys playing with his dog Milo and the cold, snowy winters (which Milo does not appreciate as much).
Harrison Pravder - Vice President
Born and raised on Long Island, Sean Randazzo has spent the past ten years serving his community as a firefighter, including two years as captain. Realizing he had a passion for the fast-paced and unpredictable environment of the emergency services, he went on to care for the residents and guests of New York City, where he worked as a paramedic for FDNY. Not wanting to be confined to an ambulance his entire career, Sean got his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and began Stony Brook School of Medicine in the summer of 2016.
Upon starting medical school, Sean discovered MagicAid and caught the magic bug. He loves performing, working with children, and bringing the wonders of magic to patients and students alike. He is committed to sharing the MagicAid experience with healthcare providers and students, and is constantly working to expand MagicAid’s reach.
Sean currently serves as Lead Instructor, Curriculum Advisor, and Board Director for MagicAid.
Sean Randazzo - Director
Dr. Aldustus Jordan served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the Stony Brook School of Medicine for 40 years. At present he is the Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Service Learning. He is also Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family, Population, and Preventive Medicine where he mentors medical students and teaches courses in Cultural Competence, Health Literacy, and Community Engagement.
Dr. Jordan is a founding member and former Chair of the ERASE Racism, Inc., a non-profit organization which is examining the manifestations of institutional racism on Long Island. He also serves as President of Literacy Suffolk, Inc., an organization focusing on adult literacy and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Community Foundation.
He has received numerous awards for his community service to youth and families including the “Light of Literacy Award from Literacy Suffolk, and the “Fulfilling the Dream” Award from WCBS-TV. He was named “Long Island Man of the Year” by the Suffolk Community Council for 2006. In January, 2007, he received the David Award from Networking Magazine citing him as one of “Long Island’s Finest” men. Most recently he was cited as Brookhaven Township’s “Man of the Year” by the Three Village Herald Newspaper.
Dr. Aldustus Jordan - Director
Justin Willman is a magician & comedian known for his multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Conan, and @Midnight. He's performed live at the White House for the first family, his online videos have racked up over 50 million views, and his debut comedy/magic special Sleight of Mouth just premiered on Comedy Central to rave reviews.
Justin is also a consultant & writer for film/television productions like America's Got Talent, The Goldbergs, and Disney's upcoming feature film Magic Camp.
The L.A. Times calls him, "A new breed of comic who's making magic cool again for grown-ups. " Playboy dubbed him, "The freshest and funniest magician working today." Time Out says his live show, "Has to be seen to be disbelieved."
Justin was born in St. Louis, lives in Los Angeles, and does not own a rabbit.