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'Flying Food' entertains at Wauconda library

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  • "The Flying Fool" Ken Schultz juggles as he entertains children and adults with stunts, juggling and balloon animals at the Wauconda Area Library.

       "The Flying Fool" Ken Schultz juggles as he entertains children and adults with stunts, juggling and balloon animals at the Wauconda Area Library.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Piper Downey, 5, of Volo rides on the shoulders of Ken Schultz, "the Flying Fool," as he rides a unicycle while he entertained children and adults with stunts, juggling and balloon animals at the Wauconda Area Library.

       Piper Downey, 5, of Volo rides on the shoulders of Ken Schultz, "the Flying Fool," as he rides a unicycle while he entertained children and adults with stunts, juggling and balloon animals at the Wauconda Area Library.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • "The Flying Fool" Ken Schultz balances on a five-foot unicycle as he juggles three swords.

       "The Flying Fool" Ken Schultz balances on a five-foot unicycle as he juggles three swords.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Peter Zatek, 6, wears a balloon nose made by "the Flying Fool" Ken Schultz as he entertained children and adults with stunts, juggling, and balloon animals at the Wauconda Area Library.

       Peter Zatek, 6, wears a balloon nose made by "the Flying Fool" Ken Schultz as he entertained children and adults with stunts, juggling, and balloon animals at the Wauconda Area Library.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com

The jovial juggler balanced on a five-foot tall unicycle as children and adults were in awe when he juggled three swords in the air during a show at the Wauconda Area Library.

Ken Schultz, known as "The Flying Fool," has been dazzling audiences across the United States for more than 25 years with stunts of fire-eating, bowling ball juggling, and balancing a 6-foot ladder on his chin.

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"I thought it was really good. He did a great job juggling," laughed Maria Evans, 11, of Island Lake. "The best part was when he was on the unicycle with the knives with my dad. I thought my dad was going to run."

Piper Downey, 5, of Volo laughed aloud as Schultz put a rubber chicken on her head, then lifted her high on his shoulders and rode around the room on a unicycle.

"I am looking for kids who are not afraid, with a big smile, and who want to play," Schultz said. "I love working with young kids and adults and a wide age range, from grandmothers to 3-year-olds. That's a lot of fun."

After juggling with Schultz on the stage, Jim Evans of Island Lake said, "I thought the show was great. He did a wonderful job and my family and I had a great time."

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