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The Hoop and Glass Trick

eJuggle Hoop and Glass Trick

A common old school juggling trick / routine is what is now known as the hoop and glass trick. For this routine, a glass filled part way with water is placed inside a wooden hoop, which is then spun and tossed, with the goal being to not spill the water. The first time I ever saw the the skill performed …

Juggling Biographies

For an art form which is as varied and popular as juggling, we’ve had a surprisingly small number of biographies written about (or by) our practitioners.  Still, I suspect that very few of us are aware of all of the options available to us.  Despite the visual nature of juggling, much can be learned from reading about the jugglers covered …

Francis Brunn 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. Bobby filmed his friend Francis Brunn three times. Note that this was early enough in Brunn’s career that he had not yet learned the blind kick directly to a double ball spin stack. Instead, the ball was blind kicked to a front foot stall before being kicked up to the double ball spin stack. Enjoy!

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The Modern Manipulator – A Juggling Book From 1910

I have a very good library of juggling books, including many volumes that are quite old. Recently I was looking over an old bibliography of juggling books and noticed a couple that I wasn’t aware of. One of these was a book from 1910 called The Modern Manipulator by Carl Martell. I contacted my fellow juggling historian Erik Aberg and …

Claude Shannon: Mathematician, Engineer, Genius…and Juggler?

By Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni, co-authors A MIND AT PLAY: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age  “Do you mind if I hang you upside down by your legs?” From any other professor, this question might have elicited concern. But from Claude Shannon, it was par for the course. Shannon had in mind an elaborate experiment: combining two forms …

Videos from the Vault # 6 – Toni Wells

Toni Wells is not a name that’s familiar to most jugglers, even those who are well acquainted with history. His real name was Toni Storzenbach and he was born in Germany in 1932. He began working as a juggler at the age of 14 and found success quickly. He changed his stage name to Toni Wells in 1954, but I’ve …

Lew and Billie Lou Henderson

Lew Henderson began his career in theater as an acrobat and juggler in silent movie houses and at street fairs before 1910. Lew Henderson was a professional artist for about 60 years. He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1891 and was taken to the Trans- Mississippi Exposition in Omaha, Nebraska, at age seven. He then decided that entertainment …

Ball Spinning: History, Performers, and Tips – Part 2

As I stated in part one of this series, I get asked a wide variety of juggling related questions on a daily basis. One of the areas I get asked the most about is the topic of ball spinning. I’ve had to type the same basic information about ball spinning over and over again, so I thought I could help …

Ball Spinning: History, Performers, and Tips – Part 1

As a professional juggler, juggling historian, and juggling coach, I get asked a wide variety of juggling related questions on a daily basis. One of the areas I get asked the most about is the topic of ball spinning. I’ve had to type the same basic information about ball spinning over and over again, so I thought I could help …