As I do research on the history of juggling, I take note of certain trends and novel performance ideas. One thing I’ve noticed is the cross section of jugglers who have used prop stands or other devices to launch props to them. Below is a sampling videos of some of these jugglers. Instead of just providing links to their uses of these devices, I’ve embedded videos to encourage you to watch their entire act, as I think you’ll enjoy them.
The earliest juggler that I’m aware of that used a prop stand or other device to launch props to him was Bobby Jule. He did this in the 1950s, as you can see in the video below.
Perhaps the most famous use of a such a prop stand was the club launcher used by iconic Russian juggler Alexander Kiss.
Another early juggler to use a prop launching mechanism was Gil Dova. He uses it at the start of the following video.
German juggler Bert Garden’s prop bag not only launched balls to him, but also moved around the stage via a remote control operated off stage by his wife.
Claudius Specht is an juggler who also uses a remote controlled moving prop stand that launches props, in this case clubs and shaker cups, to him.