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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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  • The Indian Brothers Medua and Mooty Samme

    Nov 22, 2016 No Comments

    The first time I read about the brothers Medua and Mooty Samme, I was looking for the obscure Chinese origin of devilsticks and one of the oldest sources I could find was an article from Mary Saucier (1) where she wrote that: “Ricky Jay, a Hollywood magician/juggler and collector of juggling i...

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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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  • Mikhail Rudenko, Inventor of Russian Balls

    Oct 30, 2016 1 Comment

    Article by Stanislav Vysotskyi. Mikhail (Michael) Kuzmich Rudenko (rus.: Михаил Кузмич Руденко) is the Ukrainian juggler who invented the semi-filled juggling stage balls that became known as Russian balls. He is a great juggler, who when he was young, practiced very hard with no...

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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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  • Scott Cain – Updates on Previous eJuggle Articles

    Oct 17, 2016 No Comments

    For this month’s article, I thought I would do some follow-ups on my previous twenty articles.  I’ve been writing for eJuggle for just over a year and a half now.  I (usually) enjoy hearing from readers on my articles, some of which ask specifically for feedback, ideas, or assistance.  In som...

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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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  • 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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  • Torino

    Sep 06, 2016 No Comments

    The following article is written by guest contributer Peter Brunning. Peter is a retired legal administrator who, although not a juggler, has a keen interest in the history of juggling. He has published biographical articles on Cinquevalli and Gintaro, and is working on a longer study of Gintaro cur...

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  • The Tennis Trio

    Sep 06, 2016 No Comments

    Sometimes, doing research on a juggler or jugglers from long ago is just a matter of filling in the gaps.  Other times, it’s much more complicated, like putting together an oddly shaped jigsaw puzzle with no final version to guide you.  Add in the obstacles of pseudonyms, stage names, and perfo...

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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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  • 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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  • Video Fun with Multiplexing and Juggling While Hula Hooping

    Aug 10, 2016 No Comments

    Sometimes, it’s fun just to share some videos that you’ve been impressed by over recent months.   This month, my article focuses on some videos demonstrating some outstanding accomplishments in two areas – multiplexing and juggling while hula hooping. Multiplexing Back in March 2016, Hans Ni...

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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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