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David Cain is a professional juggler, juggling historian, and the owner of the world's only juggling museum, the Museum of Juggling History. He is a Guinness world record holder and 15 time IJA gold medalist. In addition to his juggling pursuits, David is a successful composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and singer as well as the author of twelve books. He and his children live in Middletown, OH (USA). His favorite color is purple and his favorite food is filet mignon.
  • Videos From the Vault # 3 – The Three Swifts

    Mar 25, 2017 No Comments

    I have one of the largest, if not the largest, juggling video collections in the world. Therefore, I’ve established a series that I call Videos From The Vault to share videos that haven’t been online before, paired with other videos of the same acts. This installment features the Three Swift...

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  • King Repp

    Mar 17, 2017 No Comments

    The comedy juggler King Repp was born Alfred Wolf in Berlin, Germany in 1898. He grew up fairly poor, with his father working as the head waiter in a restaurant that had a variety stage. Young Alfred was exposed to performing artists through his father’s work and also due to the fact that his...

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  • Dream Tricks Challenge # 4 – More Old School Juggling Tricks

    Mar 10, 2017 2 Comments

    The two first Dream Tricks Challenge articles challenged jugglers to attempt tricks that had never been done, at least on video. The results were quite amazing. The third DTC article provided readers with 12 old school or Gentleman juggler tricks or routines to attempt. This edition of DTC includes ...

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  • Roger Montandon Obituary

    Feb 22, 2017 No Comments

    The IJA has lost its last founding member, Roger Montandon, who passed away on January 21, 2017. Even before the IJA was formed, Roger Montandon was the leader in trying to connect jugglers to one another. Starting in 1944, Roger published The Juggler’s Bulletin each month, which had news, discus...

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  • The Growing Candlestick Trick

    Feb 19, 2017 No Comments

    The Growing Candle Stick is an amazing juggling trick / routine that hasn’t been performed for quite a while, to the best of my knowledge. It was invented by Ferry Mader, who was born Ferry Xaver on May 29th, 1884 in Augsburg, Germany, where he lived his entire life. Against his parents’...

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  • Videos From The Vault # 2 – Lottie Brunn

    Feb 12, 2017 No Comments

    I have one of the largest, if not the largest, juggling video collections in the world. Therefore, I’ve decided to start to share videos that were previously not online, along with other videos of the same jugglers, in a series that I call Videos From The Vault. The juggler for this installmen...

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  • Dream Tricks Challenge # 3 – The Results

    Feb 05, 2017 No Comments

    Last year, I challenged the juggling community with twelve old school / gentleman juggler tricks of which I was unaware that anyone had accomplished on video. A number of intrepid jugglers did succeed in meeting the challenge of these very difficult tricks. Below are the tricks I listed and the amaz...

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  • The Juggling Tricks Of Gintaro Mizuhara

    Jan 29, 2017 No Comments

    Gintaro Mizuhara (1875-1952) was a Japanese juggler who lived in the UK most of his life. He had a long and successful career performing all over the world. Since a wonderful account of Gintaro’s life written by Peter Bruning has already appeared in the Summer 2008 Juggle Magazine, I don̵...

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  • Severus Schaffer

    Jan 16, 2017 No Comments

    Severus Schaffer (1867-1950) was one of the brightest juggling stars of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Severus was son of juggler and circus artist Karl Johann Schaeffer, younger brother of early gentleman juggler Sylvester Schaeffer, and uncle to famed juggler and variety artist ...

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  • Videos From The Vault # 1 – Dieter Tasso

    Jan 13, 2017 No Comments

    I have one of the largest, if not the largest, juggling video collections in the world. Therefore, I’ve decided to start to share videos that were previously not online, along with other videos of the same jugglers, in a series that I call Videos From The Vault. To start off this series, IR...

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  • The Gil Dova Collection

    Jan 07, 2017 No Comments

    Gil Dova My brother Scott Cain became friends with juggling legend Gil Dova and his wife, the famed foot juggler Regina Baranton, about a year ago. Gil sent us some of his clubs and cigar boxes for the Museum of Juggling History. You can see these below. He also sent us a variety of photos from his...

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  • Prop Launching Prop Stands and the Jugglers Who Use Them

    Dec 31, 2016 No Comments

    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 j...

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  • Bill Fry Obituary

    Dec 27, 2016 No Comments

    William L. “Bill” Fry passed away on November 10, 2016 at 9:50am from complications caused by alcohol dependence syndrome. Bill was born in Harrisburg, PA on June 1, 1955, but claimed Florida as his home. After graduating from high school in 1973, he attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, formi...

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  • Sicki

    Dec 24, 2016 No Comments

    Sicki was a German performer born in 1935. He was a talented juggler at a young age, as the following photos can attest. His most famous routine consisted of kicking up cups and saucers onto his head; a routine created by Ferry Mader and made famous by Rudy Horn and Dieter Tasso. Sicki performed...

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  • C.B. Fry, Gustave Philippart, And The Origins Of Modern Diabolo

    Dec 15, 2016 No Comments

    C. B. Fry (1872 – 1956), was an English sportsman, politician, diplomat, academic, teacher, writer, editor and publisher, who is best remembered for his career as a cricket player. Journalist John Arlott described Fry in the following way: “Charles Fry could be autocratic, angry and self-wil...

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  • Rare Juggling Prop Catalogs of the 1980s

    Dec 12, 2016 No Comments

    I recently wrote a four part series on Old Juggling Prop Catalogs, which you can read by clicking here, here, here, and here. In this article, we will look at juggling catalogs from the 1980s from four prop manufacturers you may not have heard of and who sold props that are now considered quite rare...

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  • Gaston Palmer

    Dec 07, 2016 No Comments

    Gaston Palmer was born on March 4, 1886 in Marseille, France. His father, George Palmer, was a British juggler advertised as “The Greatest Equestrian Juggler In The World.” His mother, Adele Blanche Emilie Rancy, was a French equestrian rider in circuses. Gaston had both British and French citi...

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  • The Bobby Jule Video Collection – Coming Soon To IJA Members

    Nov 30, 2016 No Comments

    Bobby Jule (real name Joe Pegnato) was there at the beginning of the IJA. He was a charter member of the organization and was the 2015 recipient of the IJA 2015 Historical Achievement Award. Click here to read an interview I did with Bobby previously. David Cain and Bobby Jule Bobby took home movies...

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