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                  DEVILSTICK                                                             who would venture into a conflict zone, and   of the local  towns you may hear

                                                                                           would perform for no money.  Devilstick Peat
                                                                                                                                some laughter and discover
                            Peat                                                              Indeed, Pete has returned several times to   Celtic Harp.  Please reach out and
                                                                                            answered the request and made the trip.
                                                                                                                                Devilstick Peat performing on his
                                                                                                help heal the wounds at Beslan; utilising
                                                                                                                                spend a few minutes providing
                                                                                                  his skills to raise a smile, make people
                                                                                                                                moral support, wide smiles
                                                                                                   laugh, and allow a world of magic to
                                                                                                                                and give generously as this will
                                                                                                       Today Devilstick Peat is
                                                                                                                                comes around'.
                                                                                                     a regular feature in various   ensure that 'what goes around,
                                                                                                                                 “There is a self-
                 THE STORY                                                                          Pete back  for over  20 years.    declared Village
                                                                                                     summer festivals, some inviting
                                                                                                   Wintertime is where busking in Ely,
                                                                                                 Huntingdon, Cambridge and other  Idiot called
                 BEHIND THE JESTER                                                              local towns takes more prominence.
                                                                                                Children's parties, teaching juggling   'Devilstick Peat'
                                                                                                and conducting workshops are other  in Manea.”
                   here is a self-declared  Village   he busked and performed
                   Idiot called 'Devilstick Peat'   for  a  living,  moving                     activities that engage Pete. Pete is
               Tin     Manea,  making  other  onto France, Italy and                            especially proud to have written a
            nominees rest easy with this role now   Greece, before eventually                   paper on 'Parachute Games' that
           being taken.  Pete has been busking and   returning to the UK after 4                relates to refugees that several UNICEF
         performing with magic tricks, juggling and, of   years.                                departments adopted as part of their
      course, the Devilstick for over 33 years.  In the Russian town                          approach to support children in danger
         It all started at Glastonbury when Pete was   of Beslan, in September                around the world.
      impressed with the Circus Jesters, thought this   2004, terrorists stormed                Devilstick Peat refers to a Fool's
      would make a great career, and purchased some   a local school holding more             Apprentice as a 'Zany'.  Pete moved into
      juggling  equipment  at  the  event.    A  mountain   than 1,100 children, parents      Manea with a wife and four children about
       in Wales was then the ideal retreat in order to   and teachers hostage for 3           3 years ago.  He has taken responsibility
        learn how to juggle and prepare his routine.    days.  The siege ended in a            to take his children under his tutelage,
        Prior to this dramatic move Pete had been a   bloodbath with 334 deaths,               therefore, they are 'Zanies'.  His wife
         Boy Soldier since leaving school, found it hard   of which 186 were children.          seems to have escaped this tutelage                   Devilstick
         to adjust to Civvy Street when leaving the   The children paid the heaviest             so it can be assumed she is 'sane'.
          Armed Services and had taken a few dead-  price, with many more children               However, a baby is due in the                        Peat with
           end jobs.                         suffering  various  degrees                          Devilstick Peat household in                          Nogard,
              Devilstick Peat found tremendous joy   of injury.  The physical and                 March.  Best wishes go to all the                  his dragon
            from making people, especially children,   psychological  scars  run                   family as another Zany is to                          puppet
             giggle, laugh and smile.  Unfortunately   deep in Beslan.  A                          be born making one fool, five
             the  first  summer  passed  and  it  got   UK  agent  was                             zanies  and  a wife  under  one
              cold.  Pete decided to follow the sun.    asked to contact a                         roof.
              Therefore, he went to Spain where   'Clown' who was mad,                               When shopping in  one

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