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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.
  • Vintage “Learn To Juggle” Sets: 1949 – 1976

    Nov 18, 2013 No Comments

    Most jugglers are quite familiar with Juggling for the Complete Klutz, the 2.5 million selling book (with attached set of three cube shaped beanbags) written by John Cassidy, Darrell Lorentzen, and B.C. Rimbeaux. It’s influence on popular culture and in the juggling world since its publicatio...

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  • Massimiliano Truzzi – Legendary Juggler

    Oct 31, 2013 1 Comment

    Born in Lodz, Poland on December 4, 1903, Massimiliano Truzzi belonged to a famous Russian / Italian circus family. He learned to juggle from his father, who was an equestrian juggler, as well as from the legendary Enrico Rastelli, who worked for Circus Truzzi in Russia. In 1940 he came to the Un...

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  • Book Review – Jugglers Galore

    Oct 14, 2013 1 Comment

    Paul Bachman, the very well-known juggling performer, historian, and collector, has recently published a wonderful book that anyone interested in juggling history should own.  Jugglers Galore is a hard cover pictorial collection that documents jugglers from the days of vaudeville up to the present ...

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  • Obituary – Kumar Pallana

    Oct 12, 2013 No Comments

    The juggling and entertainment world lost a star with the passing of Kumar Pallana on October 10th, 2013 at the age of 94. Born in India in 1918, he began performing juggling and singing at a young age despite not growing up in a show business family. Starting in 1939, he became successful performi...

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  • 10 Questions With Delaney Bayles

    Sep 20, 2013 No Comments

         When I walked into the gym at the IJA Festival this past July, my twin brother ran up to me and immediately said, “You’ve got to come see the stuff that this teenaged girl is doing.  She’s amazing!” He was referring to Delaney Bayles. While I didn’t get a chan...

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  • The Show Must Go On: Anecdotes of Mid-Show Mishaps – Part 2

    Sep 12, 2013 1 Comment

    As I stated at the onset of Part 1 of this article, “The show must go on” is an old show business adage that originated in the circus. It still applies today for most professionals.  We prepare and train in order to present the very best performances we can, but things often don’t go accordin...

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  • The Show Must Go On: Anecdotes of Mid-Show Mishaps – Part 1

    Aug 23, 2013 1 Comment

    “The show must go on” is an old show business adage that originated in the circus. It still applies today for most professionals.  We prepare and train in order to present the very best performances we can, but things often don’t go according to plan. In my thirty years as a professional jugg...

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  • Giant Juggling Clubs

    Aug 15, 2013 4 Comments

    When many people juggle American clubs for the first time after having only juggled the much more common European clubs, they often comment on how large the Americans are. Modern American clubs are slightly smaller than their older predecessors, which are smaller than a category that can simply be c...

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  • 10 Female Juggling Stars of the Past

    Aug 05, 2013 No Comments

    Looking across the gym at the most recent IJA Festival, a sizable proportion of the jugglers are women. This hasn’t always been the case. In the first forty years of the IJA’s existence, female performers were a fairly rare sight. However, female jugglers have an incredible and very important hi...

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  • A History of the Plastic Toy Bowling Pin Juggling Club

    Jul 31, 2013 No Comments

    If you’re like most jugglers, you cringe every time you hear someone refer to juggling clubs as bowling pins. Even worse is when you hear another juggler call them pins, which, thankfully, happens only very rarely. As creator Casey Rentmeester so comically pointed out in the meme below, the two re...

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  • William Everhart – The Father of Hoop Rolling and Hoop Juggling

    Jun 29, 2013 No Comments

      As the IJA prepares to bring its festival to the state of Ohio, we look back on an Ohio native who single handedly invented a form of juggling well over a hundred years ago that is still being performed today. William Everhart was born in 1868 in Columbus, Ohio (USA). At the height of his care...

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  • Interview with Junming Lin

    May 27, 2013 1 Comment

    About a year and a half ago, someone sent me a youtube link of a juggler. This is an almost daily occurrence for me, as it may be for many of you reading this. However, the technical ability displayed in just the two runs shown on the video were definitely world class. The juggler was Junming Lin a...

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  • Steven Ragatz Interview

    Feb 12, 2013 2 Comments

      At this year’s IJA Festival, Steven Ragatz will be presenting a special Act Creation Workshop on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1oam to 12:30pm. The cost is $100. Your juggling act should be more than merely a collection of tricks executed in sequence. This workshop explores the ...

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  • Creating a Juggling Combination Trick

    Dec 01, 2012 No Comments

    Combination tricks are among the most difficult tricks in the world of juggling. The act of taking unrelated skills of juggling and manipulation and merging them into one trick is quite old, dating back at least as far as the Middle Ages. By far the most famous combination trick is the Brunn Finish,...

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  • The Historical Juggling Props Museum

    Nov 28, 2012 No Comments

    Part 1: Getting Started It all started with an email from Alan Howard. He remembered that I had said something years before about wanting to get a Van Wyck juggling club if one ever came available. Edward Van Wyck was the first maker of retail juggling clubs, starting in 1895. His workshop in Cincin...

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  • Juggling With Boomerangs

    Oct 11, 2012 No Comments

    Many jugglers have taken an interest in boomerang throwing over the years due to a number of commonalities in the skills. They both involve throwing and catching objects in a skilled manner. They both are skills that can appear easy until the average person tries them. One person who mastered both s...

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  • Animal Juggling Acts

    Sep 15, 2012 No Comments

    Many American movie goers remember watching Steve Martin juggle three (fake) cats in the 1979 move The Jerk. While the scene was absurd, the idea of animals being involved in juggling acts certainly isn’t. In fact, there is a long history, especially in circuses, of such acts. Perhaps the first ac...

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  • Juggling Related Injuries And Deaths

    Aug 27, 2012 2 Comments

    If you’ve been juggling for any reasonable length of time, you’ve probably had an injury or two as a result. Club juggling can result in bruises, black eyes, and bloody lips. Rings are notorious for cracked fingernails, bloody fingers, and cut webbing between the thumb and first finger. Diabolo ...

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