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  • The Greatest Juggling Tricks Of All Time (Part 1)

    Dec 08, 2013 1 Comment

    When I first read descriptions of the acts of Enrico Rastelli and Alexander Kiss, I was quite sure that some of the tricks described were hyperbole. I believed that surely the writer had miscounted the number of props being juggled or combined tricks together in his memory. In one or two cases, this...

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  • The Origins of Ball Bounce Juggling

    Nov 30, 2013 3 Comments

    In the internet age, new innovations in juggling spread like wildfire. A new form of juggling can be seen by much of the world days after it’s first performed or even prior to anyone presenting it before an audience. Copycats can crop up almost immediately. One would think that this wasn’...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 2012 Juggling Year in Review

    Dec 31, 2012 No Comments

      Another year has come and gone. The world did not come to an end, but there was plenty of activity going on in the juggling world. Records were broken, festivals took place, and like every year, some individuals picked up their first set of props and discovered juggling for the very first ti...

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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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  • Video Roundup

    Mar 12, 2012 No Comments

    Welcome back to the column that shines the spotlight into the dark corners of the videosphere. This month I’m going to concentrate solely on performers from another era, who I feel should be better known amongst jugglers. Specifically, those featured in the dusty archives of British Pathe. Let...

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  • Remembering the IJA Newsletter circa 1976-78

    Jan 17, 2012 1 Comment

    The IJA’s moving away, after 64 years, from having a printed publication causes me to reminisce about my time as IJA Newsletter editor. I think Hovey Burgess was the Newsletter editor when I first received a copy. Then Don and Lana Reed took over for something over a year. I had personal acces...

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