It has been two years since we last posted a
"Qua-Fiki Being Himself" photo on this page.
Today he made a "selfie" with his favorite cat,
Buddy. Scroll down to 08/14/09 to see Qua-Fiki and Buddy
as kittens together. Today they are both cool cats.
Today Qua-Fiki passed his Final Exam with Juggling
Rings and successfully juggled the rings for one minute
without dropping any. He is also able to perform the
"Color Changing Ring" trick with them, and will
be performing this juggling trick in Pippin at Cicely Tyson High School.
Qua-Fiki gets ready to take his very first ride on a
new five foot high "Giraffe" unuicycle that The
Wiz Kids, Inc. gave him to promote him to "Master
Unicyclist." He will be riding this unicycle in Pippin, and in any parades that are left
for the school year.
Qua-Fiki just got his driver learner's permit and he
is all smiles under his latest Mohawk style braided hair.
This will be a big year for him since he turns 18 in
June, graduates from High School, transforms from a Wiz
Kid into a Wiz Man and becomes a Trustee on the Board of
the Wiz Kids, Inc. He is also inventing new magic and
using magic to build up his car fund and get his driver's
license. So he has a lot to keep him smiling.
Qua-Fiki supports the East Orange Unified Marching
Band in many ways. Here he was caught green-handed,
making a donation of his own hard-earned money to his
second favorite band (his first, he loyally states, is
his Central High School Band). This was at
Park Fund Raiser that he was there to photograph and
The Band Parent
Association of the East Orange Unified Marching Band
is having a Fish Fry Dinner to benefit the Summer Band
Camp. Qua-Fiki volunteers to help and also does magic
tricks to entertain the workers and the customers waiting
for their meals. Here he is performing, appropriately
enough, the Chinese Fishing Poles Trick!
Since Qua-Fiki learned to play the trumpet this
summer, he took the next step and joined his Central high
school band. This is a photo he took from (guess where?)
just before getting on the bus to go to the football game
between Central High School and Orange High School in
what will be his first public performance with that band.
I'm sure he will tell us all about it when he gets back.
After Hurricane Irene passed by Camp Greenlane,
disrupting the planned schedule, Qua-Fiki quickly learned
to transform his table-hopping shows into small stand up
shows performed in the cabins of the campers. Above he is
performing one of his favorite effects using coins and
cards. The campers are all members of the East Orange
Unified Marching Band, and they all know Qua-Fiki as
their band photographer and videographer, but
this week they found out about his magic skills as well.
Qua-Fiki has been keeping busy inventing magic this
summer. Three of his latest magic tricks are being
published by the Magic Nook in The Wizards' Journal #21. At the far
left is a photo of "The Babushka of Baba Yaga,"
in which that headscarf, or Babushka, is proved to be the
property of a famous Russian witch and fortune teller,
Baba Yaga. Lots of mysterious things happen when placed
beneath the Babushka.
In the center, Qua-Fiki is demonstrating a magic
device that helps magicians perform card magic, and to
compensate when they have small hands. This will be of
great interest to young magicians and any who have small
hands that keep them from performing certain tricks in
card magic. The trick being shown is called the
"No-Palm Signed Card to Card Box."
At the far right, Qua-Fiki shows he can work with
giant cards to perform a famous old version of the
"Three Card Monte." Qua-Fiki's version is
called "Ace Chaser" and if you are wondering
where the Ace is, you might think it is tucked into his
belt (cummerbund), but you'd be fooled.
Qua-Fiki has been working with the East Orange
Unified Marching Band this summer, and plans to join his
own high school band at Central High School in Newark
next fall. He became interested in learning to play the
trumpet, so we helped him get a "pocket
trumpet" so he could begin to take lessons from the
experienced trumpet players in East Orange.
The bottom photo was made on July 1st, and Qua-Fiki
is hard at work again. This time he is advertising his
book on "Super Hero Magic" at The Magic
Nook. This summer will be a time of catching up on
documenting as much of his work on video as possible. He
will also make demonstration videos for other effects
that he did not invent, but which he performs regularly
in his magic shows.
Qua-Fiki performed at a Benefit Concert (for the East
Orange Unified Marching Band) at Cicely Tyson School's
400 seat theatre on June 11th, 2011. He held the show
together as the Master of Ceremonies (M.C.) and performed
several acts as well, including his version of the
floating lady illusion. Was he nervous being observed by
two Wiz Kid Directors (Fred and Jim) who watched his
every move? Not a bit! More information on the complete concert
02/12/11 - Qua-Fiki's most
spectacular trick was his latest invention that he calls "Fish or Cut Bait," recently
published as an e-Book by The Magic
Nook, where Qua-Fiki performs magic as a demonstrator
and has many other e-Books that he has authored for sale.
Qua-Fiki designed the artwork for the
silk handkerchiefs that appeared during the trick, but he
was busy with high school tests, so Wiz Kid Jim and
Professor Spellbinder helped him by learning to paint on
silks for his show.
The Wiz Kids is all about teamwork. The
photographers for the event included Wiz Kid Director
Frederick Goode, as well as Wiz Kid Ee-Gee-Fiki and Wiz
Qua-Fiki expressed an interest in becoming an escape
artist from his first days as a Wiz Kid. He has continued
to investigate and learn everything he can about escaping
from ropes, chains, and restraints of all types. He has
also begun to design some escapes of his own and since
the only way one can protect original ideas in magic and
escapology is by publishing them for copyright
protection, he has begun a book called "Escapes For Teens." As a
teen-ager himself, he focused the book towards other
teens since that is the best time (in his opinion) to
begin learning and performing escapes.
(Left) Qua-Fiki recently completed his first book of
magic called "Go Fish Card Tricks,"
published by The
Magic Nook. All of the tricks in the book center on
tricks you can do with a Go Fish deck of cards that you
print out yourself on your home computer and printer.
(Right) Then Qua-Fiki got started on his next book
which will be called "Super Hero Magic," based on
his popular "Super Hero" act from his library
shows. This book includes a few card tricks, but also
expands into larger magic with rope, handkerchiefs,
tissue paper and props that you make yourself from
foamboard and duct tape.
Easter Party / Birthday Show
With the aid of some helpers from the audience,
Qua-Fiki the Clown shows how he does his laundry... with
Qua-Fiki's Bunny Rabbit is missing, so he writes a
wanted poster and gets the kids to help him find the
missing bunny by chanting the magic words: "Come
Easter Party / Birthday Show
Bunny-Fiki appears in the magic box and all the kids
are happy to see him and welcome him home by giving him a
pat on the head.
Easter Party / Birthday Show
After the magic show, every kid gets a balloon animal
from Qua-Fiki. The young lady on his right is his sister,
learning to assist Qua-Fiki by blowing up the balloons
for him to twist into shapes.
Easter Party / Birthday Show
Qua-Fiki the Clown brings a smile to the face of a
little girl who had been crying at the party. When she
got her pink poodle balloon and a hug from Qua-Fiki, she
went away with a smile on her face.
Qua-Fiki takes to the ripstick again after a long
winter of not getting in much practice. He and his cousin
Ee-Gee-Fiki did some spring training together in Grove
Park, South Orange, NJ. Notice the NY Yankees Baseball
Cap underneath his helmet!
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 Kid Qua-Fiki poses with his new best friend and
magic trick- Puppy-Fiki. Puppy-Fiki is a toy dog that
does back-flips and other tricks. Qua-Fiki built him a
dog house from foamboard and gaffer's tape, and designed
it so that Puppy-Fiki could appear and disappear from the
house. The plans are for sale on The Magic Nook, and Qua-Fiki is working
on a video showing how it looks in his show (without
giving away any magic secrets!).
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki finally gets some free time during
the Thanksgiving school break, so naturally he spends it
doing magic. He and his step-dad, the former Wiz Kid Lee, work together to
capture his Mind Reading Rooster act on video.
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki's Day began at Cicely Tyson School
in East Orange, where he worked as a photographer and photojournalist to
record the band's activities leading up to the beginning
of the football game between the EO Jaguars and
Livingston High School held at Paul Robeson Stadium.
Then, a quick lunch, followed by preparing his show at
the East Orange Public Library. He was ready to perform
for their 3:00 PM story hour, and entertained with his
magic tricks for a half hour (see above photos). After
packing up, he began planning for his Halloween
Spooky-Fiki show and other shows. This is a busy time of
year for magicians.
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki gets help from Buddy, the cat, as he
works on building his latest invention. It is a magic box
called the Qua-Fiki Sneaky Box, and it is used
to make lots of LARGE silk handkerchiefs appear, one
after the other. The trick can be found on The Magic Nook, and inventing it got
Qua-Fiki another mention for his Biography as a Magic Inventor.
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki doesn't always dress DOWN. Today he
dresses UP to show off his new threads and take some
publicity photos for summer season shows. If you see his
poster around with the Date, Time and Place all filled
in, be sure to catch his act!
April 3rd, 2009
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki's mom captured her magical son on
video as he performed The Three Little Pigs at his little
brother's Day Care Center birthday party. This is a
snapshot made from the video. There were a few mishaps
during the show, but that's how magicians learn... on the
Qua-Fiki is an official demonstrator for The Magic
Nook. In this video, he demonstrates a standard magic
trick called "What's Next?" This will soon be
followed by a new version of the trick in which the spots
change colors and begin popping off the board, so watch
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I got a Rip-stick
(inline skate board) for Christmas and I am having as
much fun with it as I did riding the unicycle. It doesn't
work on the soft race track at Watsessing Park because
the wheels sink down in, but along the paved path it
works just fine. Wiz Kid Rider also got a Rip-Stick for
his birthday, but the day we went to the park he didn't
bring it with him, so he rode on his unicycle and I did
both. The Rip-stick is light enough to carry while riding
the unicycle, so now I'm trying to find a way to include
both of them together in some new tricks.
I'm getting ready for another talent show. Last time,
I forgot my table, so this time I am turning my suitcase
into a table so I can't forget it again. It also fits
into the new act I am working on. Wish me luck!
Today I caught up with Wiz Kid Lil Flip and mastered
my 1 minute juggling bean bag test. I dropped the bean
bags twice during the test, but was able to squat down,
pick up the dropped bean bag and get it back into the air
while keeping the other two bean bags going, so I passed
the test even with the two drops.
As a reward, I got to finish painting my wood stand
for The Three Little Pigs trick I have been working on.
All the Wiz Kids have a pocket sized version of this that
Grandpa Spellbinder made for us, but he and I worked on
this big stage sized version together and today we
finished it and put it to the test. It works very well.
I'm working on a new card trick for The Magic
Nook, so the photo on the left shows me spraying
magic Pixie Dust on a deck of cards. But that's just
posed for the photo; I wasn't spraying anything at all.
For the real spraying, look at the photo on the right.
That Pixie Dust spray sure makes me sneeze. I can't tell
you what's really in the can; you would have to be a
magician to learn the secret. I am also learning how to
use the semi-colon (;) !
Qua-Fiki is at it again. He has taken an old trick
and come up with some new ideas for it. You will find it
on the Magic
Nook site and it is called "Signed Sit on It."
Qua-Fiki's latest project has been published in The Wizards' Journal # 16 on The Magic Nook.
Qua-Fiki invented three separate rope effects that are
explained in that article (for magicians only!).
He has also been included in the list of Brief
Biographies of Magic Inventors on the site, with
certification of the four inventions that went into those
three effects. This is just the beginning of Qua-Fiki's
magic career, however. He is already planning a book of
new Escape effects of his own invention.
Qua-Fiki is using the electric sander to smooth all
the edges of his new escape trick (The Stocks of Zanzibar
- as revised and modified by Jim Gerrish).
This is part of his woodshop activity for the Wiz
Kids' Camp Duwhatchawanna.
Qua-Fiki is now trying his new trick on for size
before he fits it all together.
After measuring and gluing, Qua-Fiki hammers some
nails into the legs that hold the stocks so he won't be
able to get out that way later on!
Director (Wiz Kid Fred) helps Qua-Fiki by
hammering in some supports for the center of the stock.
That's all for today while the glue is drying! We'll
add some more photos tomorrow!
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki waits his turn to perform at his
school's Talent Show.
While he didn't win a prize, he fooled the judges and
the audience with his rope magic, and moved one step
closer to becoming an official Wiz Kid. This performance,
which was recorded for the Wiz Kids to see, will count as
his first successful public performance. Two more are
required before he can become an "official" Wiz
Kid, entitled to wear his name on his Wiz Kid shirt. He
can then begin moving up in the ranks as his father (who
was known as Wiz Kid Lee) and his uncle (who was known as
Wiz Kid Fred) did years before.
Qua-Fiki's practices, rehearsals and talent show were
all recorded on videotape so that before he performs in
public again, he can study his performances and learn
from his mistakes.
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki had a half day of school, so he
spent several hours at the Wiz Kid office working on
magic that will be included in our summer tour in the
Adirondacks. As you can see from the photos below, there
is more to magic than just performing magic tricks.
As our Escape Artist, Wiz Kid
Qua-Fiki will perform two different escapes this summer.
The canvas bag escape he is working on in the photo above
required him to learn how to pound metal grommets into
the bag to hold the tie-ropes in place.
Qua-Fiki also decided to give the wood table he made for
his rope act another sanding and final coat of
polyurethane. He is also learning to use some power tools
to make his own props out of wood.
Qua-Fiki will also perform as a "Lion Tamer" in
the Wiz Kid Mini-Magic Circus this summer. Here he works
with the proip Jim Gerrish made for him, but he will be
writing his own script and patter.
In May of 2008, Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki began working on a
talent show for his school. We helped him develop a new
act based on an old rope effect called "The
Professor's Nightmare." Qua-Fiki had recently helped
his grandfather, Professor Spellbinder, to illustrate the
magic TIPS jar that Qua-Fiki has been using in his Kid
Rope Act. The Professor was glad to have his assistance
because, even though the Professor invented this version of the TIPS
jar, Qua-Fiki is quick to come up with original jokes
and presentation subtleties on his own which adds to the
effect. Like his cousin
Wiz Kid Eleazar, Qua-Fiki will probably be seen more
and more on The Magic Nook adding his thoughts and
inventions to the growing collection of magic there. The
Magic Nook is a sponsor of the Wiz Kids and funds many of
Qua-Fiki began working on the
keyboard in February of 2008. He learned to play with
both hands right from the start, using special show music
composed by Jim Gerrish.
Using the Wiz Kid method, Qua-Fiki learned his first
piece by discovering the relationships between the keys.
By the end of the lesson, he was given the written music
and a marked keyboard so he could continue his studies at
home... along with more magic, more juggling, etc.
By the time of our next Saturday meeting, Qua-Fiki
had mastered Bossy Nova and was ready for some new music.
He was awarded his own portable keyboard instrument so he
could continue to practice at home, but he still loves to
play the big keyboard when he comes to the Wiz Kid
Qua-Fiki joined the Wiz Kids, Inc.
in December of 2007, but had to wait until January of
2008 for the new Wiz Kid Troupe to begin forming. In the
meantime, he learned to do some magic with paper napkins.
In the photo at the right, Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki prepares
his napkin trick for performance. He must perform this
trick three times in public shows, and then the Wiz Kids
will vote to see if he is good enough to become an
"official" Wiz Kid. At that time he will
receive his Wiz Kid Shirt with his Wiz Kid name printed
on it, and he may begin working on a new trick to master.
Qua-Fiki chose his own Wiz Kid name. It's not his
real name, but each Wiz Kid can choose to use his or her
real first name or make up a special Wiz Kid name to use
as an official Wiz Kid member.