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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.
  • Cobra Coin Catching – A Skill You Can Learn In A Day

    Nov 19, 2016 No Comments

    The first time I saw the skill now known as cobra coin catching was in the 1980s, when famed comedy juggler Michael Davis performed it in his television special. However, the trick is more than 100 years old. It was included in the book Juggling Secrets by Will Goldston, which was published in 1911....

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  • Museum of Juggling History Adds The Paul Bachman Collection

    Nov 10, 2016 No Comments

    In late October of 2016, juggling historians David Cain (me) and Scott Cain traveled to a suburb of Chicago, IL (USA) to acquire the late Paul Bachman’s enormous historical juggling collection to add to the Museum of Juggling History, which is located just north of Cincinnati, OH. The Bachman ...

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  • Franco Piper – The Banjo Juggler

    Nov 05, 2016 No Comments

    One of the most unique juggling acts of all time was performed by South African juggler and musician Franco Piper. Piper was born in 1881 and was a child prodigy at playing the banjo. He wasn’t content to simply play the instrument in a standard way, but constantly experimented with methods t...

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  • The Rudenko Brothers

    Oct 26, 2016 No Comments

    The Rudenko Brothers were one of the top juggling duos of the middle of the twentieth century. Their career started in the 1930s and ended in the 1970s. Igor and George Rudenko started out as a silent act doing tempo / flash / technical juggling in the style of Rastelli, but transitioned over time ...

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  • Juggling Rings: Their History, Development, and Innovation – Part 2

    Oct 19, 2016 No Comments

    In Part 1 of this series, I discussed the history and development of juggling rings. In this second half of the discussion, we’ll focus on various innovative, functional, and novelty rings. Innovative and Functional Rings Ernest Montego was the first juggler I’m aware of to put “ed...

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  • Juggling Rings: Their History, Development, and Innovation – Part 1

    Oct 09, 2016 No Comments

    In 2014, I wrote a five part series on the history and development of the juggling club. As readers of that series found, there are a myriad of ways that clubs have been made over the past 150 years. There are hundreds of variations of types of clubs. While this type of wide variation doesn’t ...

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  • Chinko – The Clever Boy Juggler

    Sep 30, 2016 No Comments

    Chinko was born Thomas Cromwell–Knox in England in 1880. His entire family was involved in show business. He started out performing a juggling act called The Cromwells with his brother, Teddy, who went on to become a famous comedian. When Thomas started as a solo act, he took on the stage nam...

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  • Betty Gorham-Willer Obituary

    Sep 19, 2016 No Comments

    Betty Gorham was born on July 26th 1931 and began juggling at age 13. By age 14, she was already juggling clubs and had been brought to the attention of jugglers through Roger Montandon’s Jugglers’ Bulletin. One of the first jugglers she saw perform was Massimiliano Truzzi. Truzzi’s pe...

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  • Interview With Bri Crabtree

    Sep 16, 2016 No Comments

    Bri Crabtree is a popular performer at juggling festivals and has been developing as a professional juggler and variety artists for the last several years. David Cain interviewed her to learn a bit more about this up and coming juggling star. 1. Will you tell us a bit about yourself (background, cu...

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  • The Peiro Brothers

    Sep 09, 2016 1 Comment

    The Peiro Brothers (sometimes spelled Piero Brothers) were one of the top juggling teams of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Atilio (Teddy) and Hector Peiro were highly skilled at both juggling and comedy. They specialized in hat spinning, devil sticks, cigar boxes, cl...

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  • Serge Flash

    Sep 03, 2016 No Comments

    Serge Flash was born Serge Fomitcheff in 1904 in Moscow, Russia. At the age of 8, Serge was adopted by the Andos Troupe, a group of Japanese jugglers and perch pole performers. The Andos Troupe Serge started working in the Andos Troupe as part of the perch pole act and then moved to the “Slid...

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  • Gil Dova Obituary

    Aug 27, 2016 No Comments

    One of the most popular old school jugglers that modern performers have discovered in the past few years was Gil Dova. It is with great sadness that I have to report that Gil passed away on July 15th, 2016 from Parkinson’s disease. His rare mix of hilarious character, refined performance, fir...

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  • Evgeni Biljauer Videos

    Aug 20, 2016 No Comments

    Evgeni Biljauer (born 1947) is one of the greatest Russian jugglers of all time. He was the first person to perform a five club five up pirouette and a five club three up front roll. He also performed up to 7 clubs and 10 rings in his act. Biljauer began his career in 1966 and retired in 1997 after...

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  • Anglo – Juggler, Author, and Murderer

    Aug 12, 2016 No Comments

    Anglo was the stage name of Australian juggler Thomas Horton, who was born in 1879 in North Adelaide, South Australia. He learned to juggle as a boy and created many original routines. He was also trained as a boot maker and employed his craftsmanship in the creation of his unique props. He was eve...

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  • Old Juggling Prop Catalogs – Part 4

    Aug 08, 2016 No Comments

    As I said in Parts 1, 2, and 3, old juggling prop catalogs are treasure troves of information for juggling historians. While many might think such catalogs are a modern invention, such catalogs have been around for well over a hundred years. They provide a great glimpse into what types of routines j...

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  • Old Juggling Prop Catalogs – Part 3

    Jul 30, 2016 No Comments

    As I said in Parts 1 and 2, old juggling prop catalogs are treasure troves of information for juggling historians. While many might think such catalogs are a modern invention, they have been around for well over a hundred years. Catalogs provide a great glimpse into what types of routines jugglers w...

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  • Old Juggling Prop Catalogs – Part 2

    Jul 21, 2016 No Comments

    In part one of this four part series, we looked at the Catalogue Of Fine Juggler Goods Manufactured By Prof. Otto Maurer, which was published in New York City, NY (USA) in the late 1880s. The next catalogs we’ll look at were published starting just a few years later. They advertised the juggli...

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  • Old Juggling Prop Catalogs – Part 1

    Jul 03, 2016 No Comments

    One treasure trove of information for juggling historians are old catalogs for juggling props. While many might think such catalogs are a modern invention, they have been around for well over a hundred years. They provide a great glimpse into what types of routines jugglers were performing at any gi...

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