Fakirs anyone?

This weekend the family and I took in our annual Centerfest - a weekend street festival that usually features magicians, comedy acts, jugglers, and the like from all over the world. This year I was pleasantly surprised to see "Jardu - The Magic of India" was among the line up. The boys and I got to go to a sneak preview, thanks to my Mom, last Thursday, and I knew that there was no way I was going to miss the real performance.

Andrew Elliott is the real name of Sydney born and raised fakir and magician "Jardu". He was both funny and irresistibly charming and he won me over immediately. When he picked me to be a part of the act, albeit a small part, I was thrilled! While we didn't get to see the real snake, it was still a fantastic performance. The one thing that I learned this weekend though is that I need to carry my camera with me AT ALL TIMES! How disappointing to not get even one personal picture with him!

Centerfest also boasts all sorts of shopping, and other street fair booths like face painting, etc. I visited a lovely Indian jewelry stand and purchased a really pretty blue beaded ornamental hand bracelet and indulged in a henna tattoo. It was, overall, a terrific way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

And, on another note, my laptop is on it's way to wherever the laptop hospital is, so my activity is going to be drastically reduced for the next two weeks.

So, until then, phir milenge.

7 Response to "Fakirs anyone?"

  1. Jules says:
    July 27, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Aww!! That all would have been wonderful to attend with you, and I'm a bit jealous of your henna. Did mom see it and think it was real?! LOL

  2. shell says:
    July 28, 2009 at 7:30 AM

    ha ha -she'll see it tonight. Can't wait for her reaction. Wonder what she'll say when I come home from Vegas with another one.

  3. ajnabi says:
    July 29, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    I hope your laptop is 100% awesome when it returns! And I love the henna tat. :-)

  4. shell says:
    July 29, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Thanks ajnabi - I may have to indulge a little more when it comes to henna. Plus, it's only Wednesday today and we got our laptop back already! Good as new! I am so thrilled!!!!!

  5. Bhargav Saikia says:
    July 30, 2009 at 1:41 AM

    Sounds so much fun!

    Wishing your laptop a very speedy recovery! :D

  6. shell says:
    July 30, 2009 at 6:56 AM

    Thanks Bhargav - it came home to me yesterday! Woo hoo. Huge kudos to Dell and their repair team.

    It was so much fun, might have to go again next year.

  7. Magdalena says:
    August 3, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Awww, fakirs are the best thing ever!! He seems totally awesome and soo charming :)

    I actually ended up on stage with a fakir here in Sweden once, in ´97 during a festival, and he totally changed my life for ever, in a very profound way... My friends didn't believe me (and I think several of them still don't) until we ran into him the next day.. I'm so happy they insisted on taking a picture of me and him though. That picture is still hanging on my bedroom wall ;) Who says magic isn't for real?! It sure does work in mysterious ways.

    Very pretty mehendi, great design and nice stain/colour! You are a very lucky girl, Centerfest really sounds like plenty fun!