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Fluid Juggling – Pearls of Juggling Articles

  “Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow.” George F. Will Fluid juggling is the term I have coined for my work on Juggling and Movement. It is the moment in which we stop “practising” and instead just have fun with our props and body at our current level of technique. The emphasis is on …

What’s Inside a Juggler’s Backpack?

Have you ever wondered what is inside a juggler’s backpack? In this series, we’re going to dig deep inside of the backpacks of some great jugglers. Let them tell us what they keep there like props, food, drinks, shoes, accessories, etc… In the first part we have two great jugglers, from different parts of the world: Matthew Tiffany from United Kingdom …

Michael and Tux – Dinnerware Juggling Brothers

Michael and Tux (real name Victor) were the sons of the German tightrope walker Willko. Their last name was Kopelky. After his sons were born, Willko created a musical clown act with his family in the mid 1930s. The two boys were hailed as musical prodigies, playing accordion, violin, and their specialty, the xylophone. Performing in circuses and variety theaters, …

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Videos of Juggling With More Than 1 Million Views

Having 1 million views in a video on YouTube is incredible. Just having 100,000 hits is tricky. Some factors to achieve so many visits can be: The popularity of YouTube channel owner. The numbers of channel subscribers. Numbers of times the video is shared. Here are several of the many videos of juggling with more than 1 million visits on …

Lloyd Nairn Obituary

Lloyd Nairn was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1933 to Benjamin and Muriel Nairn. Llyod had eight siblings. He taught himself to juggle at the age of 13 and began his performing career at age 14, when he joined a troupe called Centaur. Lloyd worked at Brisbane Cremorne Theatre, billed as the “Boy Juggler,”joined the ‘Lester’s Follies’ followed by touring with …

Product Review: Ringdama

Ringdama is a new skill toy invented by well-known juggler Daniel Holzman. Dan’s previous skill toy, Volcano Ball, was a new take on the old tube and balls routine and tennis can and balls. The Ringdama is based on the skill toys kendama and cup and ball.   The Ringdama consists of a wooden cup with four cut outs and …

John Phillips Thomas – Mysterious Early Numbers Juggler

John P. Thomas   John P. Thomas was born in 1876 in Salt Lake City, Utah (USA). He was a self-taught juggler, as well as being a competitive boxer. In 1895, he opened an athletic school to train others in juggling and boxing. In 1898, John was offered a contract to tour with Ringling Brothers Circus as a juggler. While …

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Eric Philmore

Eric Philmore Eric Philmore’s real name was Erich Phillips. He began performing with his brothers Max and Karl as the Three Phillips, doing juggling, acrobatics, barrel walking, and antipodism.  Erich was drafted into the army in 1915 and his wife took his place in the trio. In 1919, after the war had ended, Erich formed his own company, the Original …

Bobby May Videos from the Bobby Jule Collection

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Bobby Jule (real name Joe Pegnato) was there at the beginning of the IJA. He was a charter member of the organization and was the 2015 recipient of the IJA 2015 Historical Achievement Award. Bobby took home movies of jugglers from the 1940s to the 1970s. He has agreed to allow the IJA to release these videos through eJuggle. The first of these are two videos that Bobby Jule filmed of the great Bobby May. One is on stage and the other is on roller skates. If you’d like to see even more rare video of Bobby May, be sure to attend the Juggling History Show at the 2017 IJA Festival. We’ll be showing Bobby May’s last known television appearance, some footage of him practicing, as well as videos of Trixie, Adanos, and others that have never been seen my the juggling community. Until then, enjoy the following video, courtesy of Bobby Jule.

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