Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki was kept busy every week-end during
the Fall Football Season taking photos and videos of the
East Orange Unified Marching Band. This is one of his
photos from the Westside High game (10/08/10). Both he
and Ee-Gee Fiki were kept very busy in this way. You can
see more of his photography and videography work on the Band's Web site HERE.
It's all about balance. I don't know if Wiz Kid
Ee-Gee-Fiki and Qua-Fiki got the idea from the latest
Karate Kid movie or from attending the UniverSoul Circus,
but both have begun doing a lot of practice work balanced
on high places, like the top of the monkey bars in Grove
Park. They not only practice juggling while balancing,
but also toss a football around while sitting atop the
tallest structures in the area.
Now they are talking about stilt walking (having seen
stilt walkers and dancers in the recent African Heritage
Parades), and learning how to walk a tight rope... I
assume while juggling.
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki attended a KidBiz Magic Lecture
given by David Ginn in Rutland, Vermont. During the
lecture, Qua-Fiki got to help David and had some fun
while learning new magic and business techniques to use
in his own shows.
Wiz Kids Qua-Fiki and his little brother Za-Fiki
attend the UniverSoul
Circus in Newark, NJ. Sitting next to them is Wiz Kid
Jim, the Clown in Brown, and next to him a member of the
East Orange Unified Marching Band, Piccolo player Allan
Theodore. Wiz Kid Director Fred Goode took the photo,
so he was there also, but not in the picture.
The kids were having a good time, but Fred and Jim
were studying everything, from the way the Circus props
were organized, to the sound system, lighting system and
audience control systems. Maybe the Wiz Kids will be
taking to the road again in their own Mini-Magic Circus,
and a lot of this can come in handy for the future.
This year, FREE Comic Book Day came on Saturday, May
1st, along with many other competing events. Wiz Kid
Qua-Fiki spent an hour or so at The Comic Book Market in
Bloomfield, NJ, passing out balloons for the customary
fee of a "smile from the recepient." He was
prepared to perform street magic, but as you can see, the
street was bare, so he stuck to balloon twisting. Then we
had to run to our next "assignment." Busy,
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki is now working on mastering the art
of juggling clubs, while Ee-Gee-Fiki is starting in on
the rings. Today, Ee-Gee-Fiki rode his unicycle for 15
feet, proving to himself that it IS possible to master.
He also rode his ripstick and juggled beanbags at the
same time, another first for him.
Qua-Fiki has discovered that by teaching and helping
his younger cousin in juggling and unicycling, he is
learning to think about those skills in new ways that
help him with the more advanced techniques he is working
on. The student becomes the teacher and discovers he is
once again the student.
Easter Party / Birthday Show
Qua-Fiki the Clown pays an Easter Visit to his little
brother's combination Easter and fifth Birthday Party.
Filling in for the Easter Bunny is Bunny-Fiki who loves
to get a pat on the head from all the kids before
disappearing into thin air again. To see more photos of
the magic show and activities, go to Qua-Fiki's personal
Wiz Kids Ee-Gee-Fiki and Qua-Fiki start spring
training on their ripsticks in South Orange's Grove Park.
Not being able to unicycle or ripstick ride during the
cold, wet winter months made them a bit rusty, but after
a few hours of work, they had their skills back and were
ready for parades.
Between school work, chores, and helping
out at The Magic Nook, Qua-Fiki has also been writing a
book. His book is called "Go Fish Card Tricks" and it
contains many variations on old card tricks known to many
magicians, plus some new ones that Qua-Fiki invented just
for this book. Every trick in the book has a fish theme
and can be performed with the Go Fish Cards that Qua-Fiki
shows how to print on a computer printer.
Wiz Kids Qua-Fiki and Ee-Gee-Fiki attended the KIDabra Chapter #1
Mini-Conference in Cherry Hill, NJ. We just see their
backs in this photo, as they learn to tie a quick series
of knots in a rope during one of the magic
"break-out" sessions. The teacher is a clown
magician called "Silly Reba" (in the center,
dressed in red).
"Silly Reba" was a good teacher. She made
sure Wiz Kid Ee-Gee-Fiki understood all the moves and
gave personal instruction to anyone who needed it.
One of the highlights of the conference was a
"Birthday Party Show." Some "real
kids" joined the audience of magicians for a
demonstration of how to perform at birthday parties by
Tim Sonefelt (shown on the right).
There weren't enough "real kids," so some
of the young magicians, like our two Wiz Kids, got to sit
up front and pretend to be "real kids." They
enjoyed the show just as much as the "real
kids," even though they knew how many of the tricks