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On July First, Qua-Fiki showed us he was still the
master of the Cherry Harvest Festival by gathering enough
cherries in the bag to make a cherry pie. There will
still be enough cherries left on the tree for Fred to
challenge him on the fourth of July. I was no challenge
at all when I tried my hand at it on June 28th - I lost
one bag to an accident, and only collected enough in the
replacement bag to make a cherry-upside-down cake.
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki traveled back to New Jersey for a
visit. He will be here until after the 4th of July, then
he will be heading back to North Carolina. In the
meantime, he has been helping with the Wiz Kid Garden and
Barbecue Boardwalk, and takes juggling breaks to relax.
Former Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki is now an adult trustee of
the Wiz Kids, Inc., and is passing along what he has
learned to other future Wiz Kids in his new location in
North Carolina. In the photo, Qua-Fiki is teaching his
younger brother (Za-Fiki) to ride a unicycle. Note that
Za-Fiki is just lightly touching his brother's arm with
his right hand, and is scratching his nose with his left
hand- a good sign that he is relaxed and comfortable and
I predict (from afar) that he will soon be riding solo
and earn that shiney new unicycle as his reward.
Qua-Fiki is traveling out of state for a time, but he
stays in touch via the Internet. This week-end he is
performing an out-door show at a park in North Carolina,
making balloon animals, juggling (note the rings under
his foot) and performing magic (note the plastic bag of
props under his chair).
Meanwhile he is still working on creating magic, and
I hope to have a new e-Book from him soon.
Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki's book, "Escapes For
Teens" has been accepted by the prestigeous Magic
Castle Library in the Hollywood district of Los
Angeles, CA for its collection of books that combine the
art of escape with the art of magic. Cliff Gerstman,
magician and escape artist and editor of "The
Chainletter," a monthly on-line e-magazine for
escape artists, encouraged him to submit it to the
library. An article written by Gerstman in the April 2015
issue of The Chainletter documents its
acceptance by the library and inclusion in that special
category of escape/magic books.
Qua-Fiki began writing the book in 2010 as a
collection of escapes that would appeal to teen-age
magicians like himself. Some of the escapes are
traditional, with Qua-Fiki's original adaptations, but
others are completely new and original, like his
Stepladder Escape, and his Chain Cuffs. The book was
completed in 2014 and published by Lulu
and is available on-line for magicians and escape
Individual chapters of the book are also available to
magicians and escape artists at the on-line magic store known as The Magic Nook.
A review of the book was written by British escape artist
Roslyn Walker in 2011 for The Chainletter.
Qua-Fiki's first book, "Go Fish Card Tricks" was written
and published in 2010, a collection of card tricks for
children (and adults to perform for children) using
specially made "Go Fish" cards.
Qua-Fiki published his latest magic trick at the Magic Nook
today. It is called "Robbed!" He collaborated with
Professor Spellbinder, who did the research and the
writing now that Qua-Fiki is busy with his regular job.
For those who have seen him locally in performances,
this is the trick with which he sometimes begins the show
- telling the story of how he was robbed on the way to
the show. Instead of being serious, it is very funny how
he outwits the robber and gets all his stolen possessions
back at the end.