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Wiz Kids 2012
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Christmas Day brought two Wiz Kids together for the
first time. On the right is one of the
"original" Wiz Kids who was in the group since
the beginning, Brian Johnson. He had returned to East
Orange visiting his family in the area, and stopped by
for a quick visit before heading back down South.
At the same time, Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki had stopped by, so
we got this portrait of the oldest and newest Wiz Kids
Here are some photos of Wiz Kid Brian from "back
in Da Day."
At Band Camp, on the left, Qua-Fiki takes a
break from taking photos and playing his newest
instrument, the baritone horn, to enjoy some sunflower
seeds and water.
At Wizard Camp, on the right, Qua-Fiki finally
finishes making a video demo of his latest magic trick- McFiki's Jumbo Aces.
Wiz Kid Jim assists Qua-Fiki with McFiki's Jumbo Aces.
Although Wizard Camp is "officially" over
while Band Camp is in session, most days Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki
finds time to ride his bicycle over to the Wizard Garden
after Band Camp. He practices his trumpet for Band Camp,
which requires hard thinking to read the music, as well
as strenuous use of his facial muscles as he works on his
trumpet embouchure. He then gets a change of pace by
juggling, which requires him to turn off his brain and
think of nothing as he lets his body take over and
perform the way he taught it for the past five years.
Even juggling the rings and making them change color in
mid air takes little thought and juggling is as relaxing
as meditation for him.
07/30/12 Day Nineteen of Wizard Camp
at Camp Do-wha-cha-wanna
Again, Wizard Camp mixes
with Band Camp when
Qua-Fiki takes advantage of having a ready-made audience
so he can practice some of the magic skills he is working
07/29/12 Day Eighteen of Wizard Camp
at Camp Do-wha-cha-wanna
Wizard Camp collides with
Band Camp when trumpet
section leader Shalal Adolphe,
working upstairs with Mr. Goode for the Band Camp, hears
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki playing his trumpet downstairs at Wizard
Camp and comes down to give him a lesson on improving his
"embouchure."Al-Quadir, as he is
known to the band members, will be attending the East
Orange Unified Marching Band Summer Camp as a trumpeteer,
so many of his band friends will take a hand in helping
him this summer. Wizard Camp is almost over and ends when
Band Camp begins full time on August 1st.
07/23/12 Day Fifteen of Wizard Camp
at Camp Do-wha-cha-wanna
It's beginning to get difficult for Qua-Fiki to
continue Wizard Camp on a regular basis. The East Orange
Band Camp is having Leadership Training sessions in which
he is involved, as well as other family responsibilites
that require his attention, so we will cram in whatever
time he can give us. Today he works on a trick he
invented in 2010 and has just decided to release to fill
up his Wizards' Journal #23 for 2012. It is called "Snakey - the Living Rope."
We also spend time on weapons training, bicycle
repair, and essay writing.
07/17/12 Day Fourteen of Wizard Camp
at Camp Do-wha-cha-wanna
After a day of rest and taking care of family
business, Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki returns to Wizard Camp to find
that the trip is not over until the last item has been
unpacked, cleaned and put away for the beginning of the
next trip. He and Director Fred finish the important task
of drying out the tent and folding it up one more time to
be ready for... whenever it is needed again.
We also spend some time reworking his Dye-Version,
learning some new music for the trumpet and planning
ahead for Band Camp and Qua-Fiki's senior year at high
school in the fall.
07/15/12 Day Thirteen : Heading Back
to New Jersey
The tent is down, all the camping gear is packed in
the car and on the roof and it's time to head back to New
We make a short stop in Lake Placid just to walk
around, but the prices on everything are too high, so we
get back in the car just as the rain begins. It rained
all through the long trip back to New Jersey, but we sang
and talked about the fun we had on our field trip to the
Adirondacks and the Northern Camp Do-wha-cha-wanna.
07/14/12 Day Twelve : Climbing Mount
Once again, we will be filling in with lots of
pictures from today's events. It started with the photo
on the left; Wiz Kids Qua-Fiki and Ee-Gee-Fiki standing
in front of the mountain they are about to climb, Mount
Baker (in the background).
Other activities of the day included helping to make
a pancake breakfast, preparing a meat loaf for cooking in
an outdoor campfire dutch oven, plus more swiming,
boating, and fun at Rainbow Lake.
We will be filling in with lots of pictures from
today's events. It started with the photo on the left;
Wiz Kids Qua-Fiki and Ee-Gee-Fiki awakened Mike, their
Camp Do-wha-cha-wanna Mountain Climbing Guide, by
serenading him with their P-bones (Plastic Trombones).
After a quick breakfast, they were off to climb Mount Jo in
the heart of the high peaks of Adirondack Park. Click
below to join them.
Afterwards, they cooled off at Camp Wakanda on Rainbow
Lake with swimming activities, learning how to
operate a stand-up waterboard, jumping on trampolines,
and playing and singing around the evening campfire.
L-R: Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki, Wiz Kid Fred, Wiz Kid Ee-Gee
Fiki are relaxing for a few moments at Glens Falls rest
area, before proceeding to Adirondack Park in Northern
New York on their educational and fun field trip.
The trip took six hours and we will continue with
their adventures tomorrow.
07/11/12 Day Nine of Wizard Camp at
That great big tent was difficult to put back in the
bag, but Qua-Fiki squeezed every bit of air out of it and
managed to get it all back into the tiny sack it came
from, poles and all!
We just got word that he will be traveling to the
Adirondacks tomorrow so we finished off Wizard Camp with
a few more rehearsals of Dye-Version of which, if all
goes well, he will make the video in the Adirondacks.
Then we went off shopping for lunch meat and foods
that he can make and serve in the car on the trip up.
Naturally, he will be the chef for providing lunches and
snacks while traveling.
Lessons on the trip up will include geology and
ecology, as well as geography and history. If the weather
gets interesting, we may throw in some meterology as
Qua-Fiki will bring his camera so if Wizard Camp
continues at Camp Do-wha-cha-wanna in the Adirondacks, we
can add his photos to this page.
07/10/12 Day Eight of Wizard Camp at
After spending time doing administrative work and
filling out forms to validate his many hours of community
service, Qua-Fiki takes a break by setting up the Wizard
Palace of the Forest (our Wiz Kid Tent). He marked all of
the poles so the next time it is set up in the
Adirondacks, it won't take as long to figure out which
part goes where.
He also began rehearsals for performing his Dye-Version on video, which he plans to
make later this week. Then we did some brainstorming on
some future magic tricks he wants to write up for his Magic Nook e-Book collection.
07/09/12 Day Seven of Wizard Camp at
Today Qua-Fiki started by learning to use the router
to finish a Band Camp Project for Band Director Fred
Goode (who is also known as Wiz Kid Fred). This is a
special football replica on pegboard used for creating
and learning marching band patterns on the field.
Qua-Fiki routed the frame.
Then Qua-Fiki and Jim spent
time making a video of one of Qua-Fiki's Mental
Magic effects called "Thought Plucker."
Time was also spent planning for a trip to
the Adirondacks. Qua-Fiki wants to check out Paul Smith's College, since he
is planning to study Culinary Arts when he
graduates high school.
07/07/12 Day Six of Wizard Camp at
Today Qua-Fiki begins with some time in the woodshop,
building a stand needed for Qua-Fiki's Dye-Version.
The finished stand, just needing a coat
We also learned how to use a hot glue gun...
and how not to!
Hot glue can hurt! So we learned some first aid
for minor burns- cold running water.
In Meteorology class we learned why weathermen
usually get temperatures right, but frequently can't
predict rain with any accuracy. Even though today got up
to 102, it wasn't climate change, just a hot day in July
and historical weather records shows it happened many
Music class was drumming while waiting for burgers to
cook. Good day!
07/06/12 Day Five of Wizard Camp at
Qua-Fiki took some days off to celebrate Independence
Day with his family and friends, but today we are back at
work, catching up for lost time by working on three of
his latest effects for The Magic Nook. The photo at the
left shows him all tied up for an escape from The
Brooms of Doom. He makes his escape and sweeps up
the floor or driveway all at the same time.
We also finished doing the sewing and taking the
photos for his Dye-Version, pictured below, and
worked on a new ultra secret effect called Thought
Plucker which is only for magicians to even know
Then there was time for the usual trumpet jam
session, a lesson on plumbing: repairing a garden hose,
learning some useful Latin expressions, and some basic
electronics for beginners. In all it was a very busy day.
07/02/12 Day Four of Wizard Camp at
Qua-Fiki shows Wiz Kid Jim his newest trick, Dye-Version. Jim is pretending to be
three people from the audience, and when their red,
yellow and green handkerchiefs disappear from the paper
tubes, all the handkerchiefs appear merged together on a
fifteen foot long streamer that comes from Qua-Fiki's
This was followed by computer lessons, and getting
the Wiz Kid Laptop ready to take to Band Camp this summer. Qua-Fiki will be
the Band photographer and videographer again and needed
to brush up on sending his photos and videos over the
Finally, Qua-Fiki studied the new Wiz Kid Toshiba
Camcorder that was used to take the photo on the left by
remote control. Jim is holding the remote control button
behind the handkerchief and when Qua-Fiki decided the
photo was what he wanted, he told Jim to take the photo.
From now on he will be able to take both still photos
like this and videos with the one camera, and from a
07/01/12 Day Three of Wizard Camp at
Qua-Fiki spent his birthday with friends and family.
Sunday he came back to Wizard Camp and put the finishing
touches on his next invention which is called "Wild Reindeer Games."
Basically, he transforms eight Santa Helper cards into
Santa's Eight regular reindeer, plus Rudolph as the final
We also had a brain-storming session with Rasheem
Franklin, of the East Orange Unified Marching Band, who
wanted to consult with us on adding some magic to his
drumline performances with the band for next year.
Qua-Fiki brought his trumpet and we also worked on
some trumpet pieces for Christmas, which helped with the
mood created by working with Santa Claus and Reindeer
cards. We will probably shoot the video of "Wild
Reindeer Games" during our next Wizard Camp session.
06/28/12 Day Two of Wizard Camp at
The Mesh ID Bag is finished and Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki and
Camp Counselor Jim Gerrish spend an hour rehearsing and
finally making the video for Qua-Fiki's latest magic trick.
Once the magic work was complete, there was a final
cherry picking to get the remaining berries off the
backyard cherry tree, a jam session (music, not cherries)
and music lessons on the keyboard, Keytar, and P-bone.
Qua-Fiki's last project was to make himself a party hat
for tomorrow's birthday party. Then no more camp for a
few days while Qua-Fiki appreciates the wisdom of turning
17, and his camp counselor figures out how to keep one
step ahead of him preparing lessons on magic and other
important Wizard activities like cooking, science, and
06/27/12 Today was the first day of
Wizard Camp at Camp Do-wha-cha-wanna. The one and only
Wizard Camper for the day was Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki, who
wanted to A. Pick Cherries for a Cherry Pie (Done!); B.
E-mail Band Camp friends photos from the recent North-South Game (Done!); C. Cook
hamburgers and roast corn over an open fire for lunch
(Done!); D. Learn to set up and use the sewing machine so
he could finally show the one and only Camp Counselor
what the heck he meant by a Mesh ID Bag (Done! See Photo!). His new
magic invention will be sold at The Magic Nook to help
pay his way to Band Camp in August. Meanwhile, this
month, he celebrated his seventeenth birthday by taking
over The Wizards' Journal #23 starting with a
trick he calls "Matrix-Mix."
He finished the day by showing some neighbor children
how to put air in their bicycle tires, and then headed
home with our sump pump in his backsack so he can drain
out and clean the family backyard swimming pool and then
open it up for some evening splashing while it fills up
on this fine summer night. Not your normal camp
activities, but this is a typical Wizard Camp day.
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki continues to come up with new magic
ideas that he writes up and sells on The Magic
Nook Web site. In the photo, he shows his latest
invention- a cloth bag or tube made of mesh fabric you
can see right through. He just finished pushing a red
handkerchief and a white handkerchief into the top of the
bag and out the bottom and as you can see they changed
into a red and white almost American flag. Next he will
take a blue handkerchief and push it through the same bag
and it will change into the familiar red, white and blue
American flag right in front of your eyes!
Qua-Fiki has more magic surprises on the way for
2012. He has also continued working on learning to play
the trumpet, keeping up with his grades in high school,
and is out looking for a part time job to start building
up his car fund ( he will be 17 and eligible for a
learner's permit soon!).