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  • Roger Montandon Obituary

    Feb 22, 2017 No Comments

    The IJA has lost its last founding member, Roger Montandon, who passed away on January 21, 2017. Even before the IJA was formed, Roger Montandon was the leader in trying to connect jugglers to one another. Starting in 1944, Roger published The Juggler’s Bulletin each month, which had news, discus...

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  • Bill Fry Obituary

    Dec 27, 2016 No Comments

    William L. “Bill” Fry passed away on November 10, 2016 at 9:50am from complications caused by alcohol dependence syndrome. Bill was born in Harrisburg, PA on June 1, 1955, but claimed Florida as his home. After graduating from high school in 1973, he attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, formi...

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  • Betty Gorham-Willer Obituary

    Sep 19, 2016 No Comments

    Betty Gorham was born on July 26th 1931 and began juggling at age 13. By age 14, she was already juggling clubs and had been brought to the attention of jugglers through Roger Montandon’s Jugglers’ Bulletin. One of the first jugglers she saw perform was Massimiliano Truzzi. Truzzi’s pe...

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  • Gil Dova Obituary

    Aug 27, 2016 No Comments

    One of the most popular old school jugglers that modern performers have discovered in the past few years was Gil Dova. It is with great sadness that I have to report that Gil passed away on July 15th, 2016 from Parkinson’s disease. His rare mix of hilarious character, refined performance, fir...

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  • Ernest Montego Obituary

    Apr 22, 2016 3 Comments

    Before I start the “proper obituary,” I want to say a few personal words. It is with profound sadness that I write this obituary. Ernest Montego was the first juggler I saw after I learned to juggle. He was my inspiration and favorite juggler for more than thirty years. In the last few y...

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  • Eva Vida Obituary

    Nov 24, 2015 No Comments

    I’m saddened to have to report that Eva Vida has passed away. She died in London, UK on November 8th, 2015. Funeral services will be held in London on December, 2nd, 2015 at  11.30 am at the South London Crematorium, Rowan Road, Streatham Vale, London SW16 5JG. The following information and p...

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  • Paul Bachman Obituary and Interview

    Oct 13, 2015 1 Comment

    Paul Bachman was a well known juggler, juggling historian, and collector. He passed away on October 11th, 2015 following a long battle with cancer. He was a mentor and friend to numerous jugglers and was the 2010 recipient of the IJA’s Bobby May Award. He produced a well known instructional D...

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  • Ben Beever Obituary

    Jul 07, 2015 No Comments

    It’s with sadness that we report the passing of British juggler Ben Beever. He fell off of a balcony on Saturday and died as a result. Ben was born in 1976 and worked as a mathematics teacher and held four degrees, including a Masters of Mathematics and a Masters in Cognitive Science. Ben was...

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  • Italo Medini Obituary

    Apr 13, 2015 No Comments

    French – Italian juggling star Italo Medini passed away on April 9th, 2015. He was born in Orleans, France in 1922 and had a long and successful career. He was a master with rings, ball-end clubs, combination tricks, and ball and mouth stick work. His father had been a good friend of Enrico R...

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  • Obituary: Edoardo Raspini

    Jan 24, 2015 No Comments

    The juggling community has lost one of its living legends, Edoardo Raspini, who passed away on January 11th, 2015, just shy of his 87th birthday. Edoardo Raspini was born January 19th, 1928 to a circus family from the Tuscan area of Italy. His family was best known for their act on freestanding lad...

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  • Obituaries: Lois Jackson and Walter Houc

    Dec 02, 2014 No Comments

    The juggling community has lost quite a few members in the past year or two. We would like to take this opportunity to honor one who has recently passed and one who passed last year. LOIS JACKSON (1929 – 2014)   Lois Jackson was born April 11, 1929 in Morgantown, WV (USA) to Lessie and Paul ...

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  • Larry Weeks Obituary

    Oct 27, 2014 No Comments

    Larry Weeks was born Lester Fulton Weeks on September 24th, 1919 in Salem, Massachusetts (USA). He passed away on October 13th, 2014, having recently celebrated his 95th birthday. Those nine and a half decades were filled with a love for juggling and magic and many shows. Larry and his family moved...

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  • An obituary to Aidan Burns

    Oct 15, 2014 No Comments

    Portrait taken last December, by his brother, Bernard BurnsKnot throwing celebration from ad-hoc workshop at passing fancy convention (Melbourne) where Aidan was a special guest a couple of years back. Photo by Pascal Haering On the 9th October the international juggling community lost a treasured f...

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  • Obituary: Barnaby (Dan Jeffery)

    Jul 26, 2014 No Comments

    We are sad to announce the passing of well-known comedy and cruise ship juggler Barnaby. Barnaby was born Dan Jeffery in Chicago, IL (USA) in 1947. While working as a college English professor at the University of New Mexico in 1978, a student taught him to juggle. Dan used his new found skill to l...

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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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  • Luke Wilson, 1976 – 2012

    Oct 08, 2012 1 Comment

    Luke Wilson was an innovator, one of the first modern-style jugglers. His resume is vast and his impact great. His compulsion to excellence was apparent in his performing, teaching, directing, and other aspects of his life. I first met Luka Luka (Luke and Ilka Licht) when they were special guests a...

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  • The passing of Robert Nelson

    Aug 28, 2012 4 Comments

    My heart has joined the thousand… My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped juggling today. Sadly, it is time to retire IJA Life Member Number 83. Robert Nelson, the Butterfly Man, died on August 27, 2012. His passing leaves a void on stages and pitches around the world. I first ...

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