Clowning around is child’s play for kids
Learning the tricks of the trade
CLOWNING around became part of the syllabus when circus-performer Tyrone O’Reilly brought his tricks of the trade to a new generation of entertainers.
“I try to teach them circus tricks – as long as that’s what they want to do,” he said.
“Other times they just want to run around and blow off steam so that’s okay too.”
The group of about eight meets every Wednesday night at the Monto Scout hall. Ayla Fitzpatrick has spent nearly 18 months using that time to perfect her magic tricks.
“I used to want to become a professional magician when I grew up.
“I’m not so sure now, but it’s still a lot of fun,” she said.
Last Wednesday Ayla was in training to be Mr O’Reilly’s sidekick for a performance in Biloela.
“I’m a bit nervous of failing or getting stuck, but I guess that’s always the risk with show business,” she said.
Tasha O’Sullivan said her favourite trick was walking on the little stilts.
“I feel like a giant,” she said.
“I like juggling as well, but often the balls just end up hitting me on the head,” she said, with a laugh.
Unicycling, trampolining and fire twirling were all on the agenda for the kids.
But Mr O’Reilly said they would have to practise a bit more before he sets them loose with the juggling knife and fire act.
While every kid got a kick out of learning the new skills, it might be the freshly cooked pancakes that keep them coming back. “We don’t get pancakes every week, but it’s definitely something I like about the group,” Ayla said, with a laugh.
Daniel Kling was an expert at juggling scarves.
FIRED UP: While the kids are excellent fire twirlers, none of them have attempted the fire juggling just yet.
Ayla Fitzpatrick’s specialties are magic, hula hooping and pois.
Tully Delaney-O’Reillywas the perfect size for the miniature clown bike.
Taylor Boulton said hula hooping and skipping were her favourite activities at the Monto circus youth group.
Tully Delaney-O’Reilly ended the night with fire twirling.
Spinning plates with Tully Delaney-O’Reilly.
Tasha O’Sullivan had tricks up her sleeve.