Juggling stars impress

Gugulethu's Anathi Fodo and his juggling partner, Ayabonga Tshofuti.

Anathi Fodo, Gugulethu’s rising young juggling star, held parents, students and guests at the College of Magic’s 2017 annual graduation ceremony in thrall with his gravity-defying act.

When Anathi enrolled for his first year of magical studies at the College of Magic in January, it was quickly apparent that he had an innate ability for juggling.

Over the past year, that natural talent, sparked by college graduate Sinethemba Bawuti and further nurtured by Michael Barta, the college’s juggling instructor, has seen this shy but mischievous youth grow from strength to strength.

Anathi SD, who can now balance as many as three balls and clubs for long stretches of time, together with juggling partner Ayabonga Tshofuti, was awarded the Colin Marshall Memorial Trophy for their clowning and juggling in the Imagine! show.

The youngster was exhilarated after performing and wowing the crowd alongside his fellow jugglers on stage at the junior graduation ceremony.

“Juggling is a difficult performance method to learn but when I am out there, balancing my props in the air, it makes me so happy. I spend most of my time practising and it is wonderful to be recognised for how hard I work at this art,” he said.