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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.
  • Les Dougalls: A History In Photos And Video

    Jun 30, 2016 No Comments

    Les Dougalls were the husband and wife team of Erwin Steiner and Viviane Chabre. Erwin had previously been a stand out member of the Villams, a five person juggling act that graduated from the Budapest, Hungary circus school in 1956. Below are three photos of the Villams. In 1962, Erwin left the...

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  • Photo Gallery – Chimps Doing Juggling-Related Tricks

    Jun 19, 2016 No Comments

    In the past, it was apparently popular to train chimpanzees and other apes to perform plate spinning, statue tricks, and other juggling-related skills. The most famous of these was Bubu, the incredible performing chimpanzee of the 1920’s and 30’s.  Bubu was trained by a Danish man named Viggo B...

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  • Interview with Freddy Kenton

    Jun 15, 2016 No Comments

    Freddy Kenton began his juggling career 59 years ago and is still performing at a very high level today. Hailing from the Netherlands, Freddy has toured the world and was the winner of the 2012 IJA Historical Achievement Award. Recently David Cain was able to interview Freddy about his long and inte...

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  • The Kara Box: The History of the Prop and Trick

    Jun 04, 2016 5 Comments

    In the past, I’ve written about the Salerno Ring, the famous invention of the gentleman juggler Salerno. While it’s an amazing invention and prop, it was the lone trick that Salerno performed that didn’t fit in with the general idea of the gentleman juggler; only using normal items...

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  • Juggling Museum Road Trip Rescue: Part 2

    May 24, 2016 No Comments

    In Part 1 of this article, I wrote about the ten hour round trip journey that my twin brother Scott and I took last year to rescue a giant pile of important old juggling props, most of which belonged to the Juggling Jacksons. These props dated from the 1950s to the 1970s. If you haven’t read P...

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  • Juggling Museum Road Trip Rescue – Part 1

    May 16, 2016 No Comments

    In October of 2015, I received an email from Lee Jackson of the Juggling Jacksons. Lee and his sister, Joy, performed with their parents Bob and Lois. The Juggling Jacksons were a well-known American juggling act in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1970s, Lee and Joy left the act as they entered adulthoo...

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  • Interview with Martin Lamberti

    May 06, 2016 No Comments

    Martin Lamberti is not a name familiar to most jugglers, but it should be. Despite what he says in the interview below, he was a very talented juggler as well as a top hand balancer. Before you read my interview with him, please watch the two videos below. The first has been online for quite some t...

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  • Ernest Montego Obituary

    Apr 22, 2016 3 Comments

    Before I start the “proper obituary,” I want to say a few personal words. It is with profound sadness that I write this obituary. Ernest Montego was the first juggler I saw after I learned to juggle. He was my inspiration and favorite juggler for more than thirty years. In the last few y...

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  • Zarmo – The Upside Down Comedy Juggler

    Apr 13, 2016 No Comments

    Zarmo 1893 Zarmo was born Joseph Henry Stephens in 1868 in Cheriton near Folkstone in Kent (UK). His father was a horse trainer and the owner of a traveling road show. Zarmo learned juggling from the Japanese jugglers who were employed by his father. It is believed that Zarmo began his career in 18...

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  • Props Of French Juggling Masters

    Apr 05, 2016 No Comments

    In the past two months, the Historical Juggling Props Museum has received props from two of the most famous and talented French juggling acts of all time. While I’ve written about both of these acts before, new videos have been put online showcasing these amazing jugglers. I’ve also rece...

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  • Juggling Trivia Contest #1 – The Answers And Results

    Mar 25, 2016 No Comments

    A month ago I challenged eJuggle readers with 50 trivia questions regarding juggling history. A surprising number of readers sent in answers, which was encouraging. The top three finishers were: 3rd Place – Ethan Brain with 42 correct, 2nd Place – Olivier Caignart with 43 correct, and 1s...

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  • The Salerno Candle – The Journey Of A Single, Amazing Juggling Prop

    Mar 08, 2016 No Comments

    I recently received an extremely interesting prop for my juggling museum. It is a self-lighting candle used by the legendary gentleman juggler Salerno in his act. If you’re not familiar with Salerno, click here to read a previous article I wrote about him. As I stated in that article, Salerno ...

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  • Dream Tricks Challenge # 3 – Old School / Gentleman Juggler Tricks

    Mar 02, 2016 1 Comment

    The two previous Dream Tricks Challenge articles challenged jugglers to attempt tricks that had never been done, at least on video. The results were quite amazing. This edition of DTC stays true to idea of attempting tricks that haven’t been done on video, but this time we’re going to go...

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  • Book Review – Pearls Of Juggling

    Feb 29, 2016 No Comments

    Pearls Of Juggling is a new book written by British juggler Anthony Trahair. The author, who now lives in Rome, Italy, took four years to research and reflect on the art of juggling and integrated his 21 years of juggling experience with his expertise in yoga and three years of study at the Dimitri...

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  • Juggling Trivia Contest # 1

    Feb 24, 2016 No Comments

    The title of this article and contest may be a bit misleading. While I use the word trivia, I don’t believe juggling history is trivial at all. In fact, I think it’s quite important for us as a community to know and understand our history. It’s for that reason that I put together t...

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  • Bert Holt And Chyrs Holt – Aerial Jugglers

    Feb 10, 2016 2 Comments

    Bert Holt Bert Holt was a well known juggler from Freiburg, Germany. His actual last name was Bertholt, but he split it up to create his stage name. He began juggling at a young age and originally did a ground act, as you can see in the following rare photograph from the collection of Erik Aberg. ...

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  • Dream Tricks Challenge # 2 – The Results

    Feb 03, 2016 No Comments

    About four months ago, I challenged the juggling community with ten tricks of which I was unaware that anyone had accomplished on video, as well as tricks from the first Dream Tricks Challenge that no one had done. A number of intrepid jugglers did succeed in meeting the challenge of these very dif...

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  • Rosani – The First “One Man Juggling Show” Juggler

    Jan 28, 2016 No Comments

      Rosani (Joseph Stadtmuller, 1868-1944) was a juggler who played the American Lyceum and Chautauqua circuits, performing up to a two-hour show for 40 years. He was born in Brooklyn, NY (USA) and called the New York City area his home his entire life. As a boy, he would spin a school book or s...

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