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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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  • Book Review: David Cain’s New Juggling History Books

    Jul 12, 2016 No Comments

    In the past month, juggling historian David Cain has had his first three juggling history books published. Below you will find a review of Great Female Jugglers Of The Past written by Erin Stephens, followed by a review of Rediscovering History’s Great Jugglers, Volumes 1 and 2, written by Raphae...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jugglers – Where Are They Now? – Volume 3

    Jun 12, 2016 No Comments

    This is the third installment in a series where I try to provide updates on jugglers who were once in spotlight, either via the IJA conventions, performances, or otherwise, but who aren’t so much anymore.  As I did in the first two of these articles, which can be found here and here, I hope that...

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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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  • Filipenko Jugglers

    May 13, 2016 No Comments

    Article by Stanislav Vysotskyi. This is my first article about juggling. When I moved to Germany, I was very surprised how large the juggling community in Europe is. The jugglers show a great interest in new forms of juggling and also in the juggling masters of the past, such as Enrico Rastell...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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