Wiz Kid Noah has been struggling all summer (since
June) to learn to ride the Rip-Stik. Today he finally
accomplished it! He was able to ride downhill, turn
around and ride back up the hill in a continuous loop for
as long as he wished. He spent the rest of the day
showing everyone his new accomplishment. For his effort,
he was awarded the Rip-Stik that you see in the picture.
Now he has to learn to juggle and ride at the same
time...but that's for later!
Wiz Kid Isaac and Wiz Kid Miriah have been coming to
Summer Band Camp early in the morning, before anyone else
arrives, so they can work on their magic and keep the
secrets from the other campers whom they use as a test
audience before performing in public.
Wiz Kid Isaac wants to specialize in card magic, but
today he is working on a tissue paper magic trick that
requires a lot of preparation.
Wiz Kid Miriah is learning to perform the Linking
Rings, a very old magic trick with a long history. The
version she is learning is by Magic Castle Magician Whit
"Pop" Haydn who will be performing in Sparta,
NJ next month and we hope to make a Wiz Kid trip to see
him in person. But now she is studying his methods on
Wiz Kid Isaac and Wiz Kid Jim are collaborating on a
brand new version of the Three Little Pigs
trick, originally created by Edwin Hooper (1925 - 2005),
an English magician who invented many tricks for Supreme
Magic of England. Our Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki came up with his
own variation of the effect in 2013, and now
Isaac and Jim have come up with something brand new that
makes it possible for all the cards to be shown fairly
and even placed in the hands of helpers from the audience
who help to tell the story.
They will be photographing all the instructions when
Isaac returns from Summer Band Camp in Pennsylvania next
week, and then Isaac will make a video so his e-Book can
be sold on the Magic Nook to other magicians around the
Wiz Kid Isaac has a talent for balloon sculpture, as well
as card magic. He'll be learning the Three Little Pigs
Card Trick as his first performance piece.
Wiz Kids Miriah and Elijah are moving along in mastering
juggling. They both have small stand up performances;
Miriah with Color Monte,Wicky Sticks and starting in on
Linking Rings, Elijah has a rope routine and will be
Mongolian Pop-Knots to it.
Wiz Kid Miriah (left) performs her Wicky Wacky Wizard
Wand Magic Trick at Joi's Angels National Night Out event.
Wiz Kid Desmond (right) also did some juggling for the
Band members while they were setting up carnival games.
7/13/16 A typical early morning
magic class at the Wiz Kids / EOUMB Headquarters. This morning we
are working on assembling and performing "What's Up?"
from Jim's e-Book by the same name
available at the Magic Nook. More information and details
available at the EOUMB Web site.
06/30/16 - Wiz Kids Brandon and
Jazmine follow in the footsteps of generations of previous Wiz
Kids who also learned to unicycle along this fence in the park
behind Washington School. Jazmine is just touching the tip of Wiz
Kid Jim's finger so she knows he's there, but she really doesn't
need anything but confidence and balance to ride sitting on top
of that impossible single wheel.
The fence ends and soon she rides
away from Jim's finger for about 10 feet of distance before she
drops her feet to the ground and ends the ride. If she doesn't
give up on herself, she will be riding that unicycle completely
around the park by the end of July. Brandon, in the background,
is already taking 25 foot rides but today is Jazmine's day to
succeed at something most people think is impossible. Wiz Kids know
Today's Wiz Kids have something
previous generations of Wiz Kids did not have - portable DVD
players so they can learn juggling moves directly some of the
world's best known jugglers. In the photo, they are proceeding
from our beginners' "Cascade juggling" pattern to a
pattern called "Column juggling." But they still need
the same patience and determination to keep bending over and
picking up missed beanbags for months of practice before they
become as advanced as the old time Wiz Kids.
This year's Summer Band Camp includes three hours of
Wiz Kid time each morning, from 9 to Noon. On the left,
Jim Gerrish is giving the new EOUMB/Wiz Kids a lesson in
balloon twisting to make their first balloon animals - a
On the right, using the special short stilts for
beginners, built by Mr Goode and Elijah Shy, Miriah
Tomlinson takes her first stilt-walking lesson with
Director Frederick Goode guiding her first baby steps on
stilts. Behind them, we see a unicycle lesson in
EOUMB/Wiz Kid Elijah Shy and Director Fred Goode are
building stilts for those Wiz Kids who want to learn
stilt walking/dancing. While they build, they are also
taking photos of each step in the process so that future
generations of Wiz Kids will know how to build and
operate stilts. The instructions will be written up in an
e-Book when they are done.
June 11, 2016
The combined East Orange Unified Marching Band and East
Orange Wiz Kids, Inc. performed at Express Employment Professional's
Community Job Fair in
Allentown, PA. Members of the audience were
invited to pose in the group photo showing off their
painted faces and their balloon animals. Elijah Shy is
easy to pick out, standing above the crowd on his stilts.
Desmond Drake is on the far left, back row, juggling bean
bags. Ms Jacqueline Saez (front, center, bending down) is
quickly developing into a clown/ face painter and Wiz Kid
adult. Wiz Kid/ EOUMB Director Fred Goode took the photo.
June 7, 2016
Meanwhile, back Fayetteville, North Carolina, Wiz Kid
Zaire graduated from 5th grade at his school, Sherwood
Park. Next school year he will be in 6th grade at Lewis
Chapel Middle School. Congratulations, Zaire! Drive
your teachers crazy by asking lots of questions!
June 7, 2016
Meanwhile, back in East Orange, New Jersey, the Wiz
Kids, Inc. have merged with the East Orange Unified
Marching Band (EOUMB) and now some of the Band Members
are learning new tricks and new Circus Arts Performance
skills. Elijah Shy, who plays bass drum for the band, was
recently discovered performing stilt walking with a group
of stilt dancers (blue costume). Mr. Goode gave him a few
lessons on the unicycle and he took to it right away.
June 7, 2016
Desmond Drake, who plays trumpet for the EOUMB has
been studying card magic with Jim Gerrish, and today
decided to show us his juggling skills. He did well
enough to earn a set of juggling bean bags with which to
practice, so he can go on to more difficult juggling
We have several other Band Members who are learning
how to juggle, perform magic, and perform as clowns. As
soon as they are ready, we'll add their photos to this
Wiz Kid page.
Besides working on a Scary Spider Magic Box for The Magic
Nook with his brother, Wiz Kid Zaire is also playing
football and goes to practice almost every day after
helping his brother photograph the latest projects. He is
playing for the NC Raiders and in the photo was just
getting ready to play the first game of the season as a
wide receiver. His team won 16 to 12 against the Ravens.
Meanwhile, Qua-Fiki also has a new job working at a
local gas station.
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki is now working with Wiz Kid Zaire on
making new videos and photos for e-Books for The Magic
Nook. So far, the North Carolina team has produced
several videos that you can see on Qua-Fiki's Vimeo page: