eJuggle: Opinion/Theory/History

Unique Juggling Acts and Routines: Part 2

As I look through the many thousands of photos in the archives of the Museum of Juggling History and of the IJA, I occasionally come across juggling acts or routines that are particularly unique. Unique acts are more rare than you might think, as good acts and routines are quickly copied by other performers. We see this now with jugglers …

Unique Juggling Acts and Routines: Part 1

As I look through the many thousands of photos in the archives of the Museum of Juggling History and of the IJA, I occasionally come across juggling acts or routines that are particularly unique. Unique acts are more rare than you might think, as good acts and routines are quickly copied by other performers. We see this now with jugglers …

Book Review: If You Are A Juggler by Alexander Kiss

If you enjoy juggling history books, then the last several years have made you very happy. The latest entry into the field is an English translation of Alexander Kiss’s book, If You Are A Juggler. This book is equal parts history and instruction. Let’s look at some background on the author of the book first. Alexander Kiss is one of …

Juggling movies in Colombia – Review

Many people who are not jugglers, and even some jugglers, are surprised to hear that in Colombia there are juggling movies. They comment that they have not see them in movie theaters. Actually, they are independent films and to get them you should talk to the creators directly or in the case of one (which I will talk about below) …

Carl Baggesen – The Clumsiest Juggler of All Time

Carl Baggesen is not a name known by many modern jugglers, but he was a star in the days of vaudeville. Baggesen was born in in 1858 in Odense, Denmark and initially began performing as a contortionist, using the stage name of Klischnigg. In the early 1890s, he came to the United States to perform in vaudeville and soon developed …

Aerial Juggling Acts

Two years ago, I wrote an article about Bert and Chrys Holt. In the 1940s and 1950s, Bert hung by a cable held in his teeth and performed amazing juggling tricks while swinging above the circus ring. Here are some photos of Bert that didn’t appear in the earlier article. When Bert was injured in a fall in 1962, his …

Boy Foy – The Unicycling Juggler

Boy Foy was born John Campwell in Glasgow, Scotland in 1919. His parents were Jack and Ann Campwell, better known as the British juggling duo the Melvilles. You can see the Melvilles in the following video. Taking the stage name Boy Foy, John began performing at the age of 7. He regularly practiced 5-8 hours a day and had developed …

Juggling in North Korea – Part 2

In the first part of this series, I talked a little about the history of Korea and explained the causes that unleashed the conflict between the two nations. If you have not read it, I invite you to click here. Since the publication of the first part, I have received information that I did not know. I spoke with some people from …

Book Review – DIY Circus Lab by Jackie Davis

DIY Circus Lab is a new release from Quarry Books, written by veteran circus educator Jackie Leigh Davis. Billed as a “family-friendly guide for juggling, balancing, clowning, and circus-making,”[1] this beautifully laid out book is an accessible, inclusive, and wholly comprehensive classroom for the young circus learner. Davis has been working in circus education for 23 years, and this book …