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Bon Air Hosts “Bullies-Be-Gone” Magician

Magic Show With An Anti-Bullying Message

Many young victims of bullies wish they could wave a magic wand and make their bullies disappear. Magician Dan Kuniak recently taught the students at Bon Air Elementary School that even without a magic wand, they do have the power to help put an end to bullying.

The Frazer resident presented his 45-minute “Bullies-Be-Gone” magic show to the enthusiastic crowd of K-3 students. Throughout the show, Kuniak repeated the motto “No, Go, Tell.” Tell the bully no. Get away from him or her. Tell a trusted adult. “If you let a bully make you look like this, the bully wins,” Mr. Kuniak said, holding up a balloon with a sad face drawn on it.

He then held up a smiling face balloon. “This is the face bullies cannot stand,” he said.
A large pin is to a balloon what a bully is to a child, he said. Mr. Kuniak pierced the happy balloon with a pin, and a white dove appeared. Students helped him perform illusions that illustrated the principles of his program: inclusion, that it’s what is on the inside that counts, taking care of other people’s property, and cyber bullying. He called on the older students to look out for the younger ones on the school bus and the playground.

The magician ended the show stressing the importance of supporting your friends.
With the help of two friends, Mr. Kuniak made third-grader Sarah Usko appear to levitate in front of the cheering crowd. “Kids learn more when they are having fun,” he said after the show. “Six weeks from now, they will be able to recall a small detail from the show, because it’s out of the classroom and a break from traditional learning.” PTA volunteer Jenn Fliss coordinated the event because she knew Mr. Kuniak’s message was an important one.

“Dan’s unconventional approach to a serious topic is known for being educational and funny,” Mrs. Fliss said. “Without being too juvenile, the students are entertained while being taught an important message about self-esteem, self-worth, and ‘making the bullies disappear’ that I think teachers, administrators, and parents can build upon both at school and home.”

Principal Amy Lenart agreed. “Addressing this serious topic in a way that children can understand and relate to is so important,” she said. “Having Mr. Kuniak visit our school to share a positive message about how we can all help each other to prevent bullying, is a great way to reach the students.”

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