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  • Juggling Masters – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

    Feb 08, 2016 2 Comments

    With Luke Burrage having recently finished conducting and compiling his annual Top 40 Jugglers list (see video below), it got me thinking about jugglers from the past and who would make such an “all-time version” of the list. I spoke with my brother, noted juggling historian David Cain, ...

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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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  • Cups And Spoons

    Jan 14, 2016 No Comments

    The cups and spoons trick is a fun and easy to learn trick that has a long history among jugglers.  Let’s take a look at the trick, its history, performers, and variations. Description The cups and spoons trick involves a row of cups that are attached to a board or tray. In front of each cup,...

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  • Juggling in Fashion – The Changing Attire of Performers and Juggling Festival Attendees

    Jan 12, 2016 No Comments

    Juggling is such a visual art, and we usually focus on the props and the manipulation of those as an audience. However, the attire of the juggler themselves can also be quite reflective of the theme, performance style, or current fashions of the time period as well. Though it can’t ever be sai...

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  • Kathi Gultini – “The Lady Juggler”

    Jan 04, 2016 No Comments

    Kathi Gultini was one of the first and brightest female juggling stars of the twentieth century. Billed as “The Lady Juggler,” she considered herself the female version of a Gentleman Juggler. Kathi was born in Germany in 1889 and began her performing career in 1908. She had been traine...

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  • (Way) Up In The Air – Juggling Pilots Of Yesteryear

    Dec 20, 2015 2 Comments

    Jugglers constantly seek to push the limits of gravity by controlling objects thrown into the air, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that several of them were early airplane pilots as well. Let’s take a look at a few of them. HAP HAZARD The idea for this article started when a saw a rough se...

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  • Juggling On Moving Objects

    Dec 19, 2015 No Comments

    Jugglers have a very long history of juggling on top of moving objects. Juggling on a unicycle, rolling globe, or rola bola are obviously extremely common. Juggling on horseback dates back at least as far as the late 1700s, when John Bill Rickets performed equestrian juggling in the first American c...

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  • Forgotten Juggling Props – Hand Bells And Cup Sticks

    Nov 10, 2015 No Comments

    In my continual research into juggling history, I sometimes notice small, odd details in photographs, drawings, and paintings of jugglers. I store these away in my mind and sometimes never think about them again. However, when these same little oddities keep appearing, a pattern develops. Today I...

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  • Youna: The Western Japanese Juggler

    Nov 05, 2015 No Comments

    The story of the juggler Youna is an amazing and mysterious one. Youna was born in Japan to Episcopal missionary parents from New England in the USA. His parents died when he was very young and he was apparently taken in by a Japanese family that performed daikagura, the traditional Japanese form o...

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  • Juggling With Firearms

    Oct 17, 2015 No Comments

    Juggling styles and props change over the years. When I started out 33 years ago. you might see one diabolo at a large juggling festival or convention. Now diabolo is everywhere. In the past, gentleman jugglers and heavyweight jugglers were popular, but now they’re extremely rare. In this arti...

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  • Jugglers – Where Are They Now? Part 2

    Oct 15, 2015 No Comments

    Back in July 2015, I introduced a new column where I presented updates on jugglers that the general juggling population hasn’t heard much from lately, but who were quite popular at one time. That first column, which can be found HERE, featured updates on the juggling team DOUBBLE TROUBBLE, consist...

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  • Faking Juggling Achievements In Photos And Videos

    Oct 05, 2015 No Comments

    In the late 1800s and early 1900s, photographic shutter speeds were not fast enough to catch most props that were being juggled. Therefore, jugglers usually either posed with their props, did statue tricks (click here to learn about these), or did some type of trick photography or other trickery for...

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  • IJA Festivals – A Survey of Long Time Attendees

    Sep 09, 2015 No Comments

    While sitting at a table at the 2015 IJA Festival in Quebec City, I looked out at the gym floor and saw a wonderful mix of young jugglers standing right next to those who have been attending festivals for decades. As I saw this diversity of age and experience, my mind floated to my earliest memorie...

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  • Unanswered Juggling History Questions: Part 2

    Sep 05, 2015 No Comments

    To repeat what I said in Part 1 of this series: As a juggling historian and writer, one of my primary goals is to uncover facts, stories, photos, and videos of jugglers that have never been published in the juggling community before. I feel that I’ve accomplished this fairly well in my time writin...

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  • Unanswered Juggling History Questions: Part 1

    Sep 01, 2015 No Comments

    As a juggling historian and writer, one of my primary goals is to uncover facts, stories, photos, and videos of jugglers that have never been published in the juggling community before. I feel that I’ve accomplished this fairly well in my time writing for eJuggle. Among the most important disc...

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  • The Mowatts – Groundbreaking Club Jugglers

    Aug 21, 2015 No Comments

    Ben Mowatt and his son, Ben Jr., are known for being the first jugglers to accomplish several important feats. The two most important are being the first person to juggle five clubs (Ben Mowatt Jr.) and the first duo to pass 8 clubs. I recently discovered the following article from The Royal Magazin...

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  • How Time Flies – When 5 Clubs & 7 Balls Went From Rare To Commonplace

    Aug 15, 2015 No Comments

    My first time at an IJA Convention was in 1985, when I spent a full three hours at the Atlanta festival on the opening day. My goal in my brief time there (my family was passing through back from a vacation in Florida) was to see my first five club juggler and first juggle of 7 balls. I did get to s...

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  • Magnus Nicholls – Juggling Legend Or Juggling Myth?

    Aug 12, 2015 No Comments

    One of my jobs as a juggling historian and writer is to uncover the facts behind jugglers about whom little is known. My articles on Frank Le Dent (click here) and Ferry Mader (click here) are good examples of revealing a goldmine of information on important jugglers that the history books have simp...

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