5/4/13 - Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki had a children's magic
show performance today, but decided he needed something
more to entertain the kids while Ms Saez and her face
painting crew were painting faces, so he came back to the
office and dug out our old "Cookie Monster"
mascot costume that his stepdad (Wiz Kid Lee) used to
wear (see inset and click on it to see original photo).
He decided to walk back to the show wearing the costume,
and just as soon as we finished taking this photo, some
people who were walking down our street spotted him and
came running over with their cameras and had to have
pictures taken with "Cookie." They were adults,
but remembered watching Cookie Monster on TV as kids, and
just had to respond to seeing their childhood
"hero" walking down our East Orange version of
"Sesame Street." He reported that as he walked
back to the show, cars slowed down, honked horns, and
people waved to him all along the way.
On Saturday, April 20, 2013, Wiz Kid
Qua-Fiki joined Ms. Saez and the Tomlinson young women to
participate in the Collaborating Child Care Agencies'
Fair at the Jersey Explorer's Children's Museum on Dodd
Street in East Orange. The young women painted children's
faces while Qua-Fiki entertained the crowd with his magic
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki, Wiz Kid Director Fred Goode and Wiz
Kid Jim worked together to develop magic for the
production of Pippin by the Theatre Arts Department of
Cicely Tyson High School in East Orange. Qua-Fiki was
mainly in charge of teaching unicycling and juggling to
the actors, while Fred taught them some simple magic
effects that are produced mainly by theatrical means. Jim
produced magic props and juggling equipment and the three
of them managed to make it appear spontaneous on stage,
as if magic is an everyday occurance in the world of
Pippin. More photos of the Magic in Pippin can
be found HERE.
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki passed his Juggling Ring exam today,
juggling the rings without dropping them once for a total
time of one minute. You may not think one minute is a
long time, but if a juggler can keep scarves, beanbags,
rings or clubs in the air for a full minute, he knows he
can keep on going longer than that. It means his body has
learned to do what it takes to juggle and he doesn't have
to think about what he is doing- just do it! He will be
performing a color-changing Juggling Ring routine in Pippin next weekend. Don't miss it!
Qua-Fiki's school is on Spring Break this week, so he
spends his spare time working on new magic tricks for The Magic Nook and helping out at Pippin rehearsals at Cicely Tyson High
School. The musical is scheduled for April 12, 13 and 14.
So far Qua-Fiki has trained two unicycle riders and two
jugglers. He will also appear in the show riding his new
Giraffe unicycle onstage.
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki wore his Al-Quadir Marsh Central
High 's Lead Trumpet hat today in the Newark St.
Patrick's Day Parade. The East Orange Unified Marching
Band will not be marching in any Spring parades this year
because they can't get funding for buses to take them to
the parades and bring them home again. So Qua-Fiki is
handing his camera to anyone in his band, including Band
Director Herrel, to take photos so he can write up the
stories and earn some money for his car fund.
On Crispus Attucks Day, having some time
off from school, Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki went to work today at
his other "job" as free lance photographer for
the East Orange Interactive Museum. Today he
and Director Fred Goode went to the East Orange Water
Works in Millburn, NJ to record the history of the facility there and to
start work on creating a Virtual Tour of our water system
from rain in the forest back to the faucets in East
The photo at the left (taken by Director Fred Goode),
shows Qua-Fiki recording how Tyrone Brinkley tests the
water for chlorine content, part of the process of
protecting the well water from contaminants as it travels
through the pipes of our city.
Before he ends his career as a Wiz Kid, we decided to
invest in a "Giraffe" unicycle for Qua-Fiki to
ride in the Spring Parades and in "Pippin". Here is
a separate page showing how he went from assembling
the Giraffe, to mounting it for the first time, and
immediately discovering that he already knew how to ride
it because of his experience with the small unicycles.
One more badge for him to wear on his badge-covered
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki passes on his Wiz Kid skills of
juggling and unicycling to the actors and dancers of the musical
Pippin that will be performed at Cicely Tyson
High School later in the Spring. The students have
only a few months to learn the skills, and the first
lesson is that they have about a month of falling from
the unicycle and dropping the scarves and bean bags they
will be juggling before they finally learn to "turn
off their brains" and let their automatic reflexes
Qua-Fiki learned this lesson in the Spring of 2008, so he
is well qualified to be a teacher.
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki showed up for his video
demonstration of Professor Spellbinder's Die-Confundus sporting a new Mohawk. He
has worn his hair in the Mohawk style before, but not so
elegant as this. Perhaps it is because the news is filled
with N.A.S.A.'s Flight Director for the Mars rover
Curiosity, Bobak Ferdowsi, who is attending the
Presidential Inauguration this weekend in his own Mohawk
hair design (see inset upper left).
While Qua-Fiki demonstrated Die-Confundus, he also
demonstrated his own latest invention, that magical Desk Organizer on the table.
So begins the new year of 2013, Qua-Fiki's last year
as a Wiz Kid (he turns 18 in June). Will he graduate from
high school? Will he get his driver's license? Will he
invent more new magic tricks? I predict the answer is
"Yes" to all of those questions.