Clown­ing around is child’s play for kids

Learn­ing the tricks of the trade

Central and North Burnett Times - - OUT& ABOUT -

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.

PHO­TOS: EMILY SMITH

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.

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