eJuggle: Opinion/Theory/History

Candle Flipping with Gimmicked Candles

In a past article, I wrote about Salerno’s amazing self-lighting candle, which you can read about by clicking here. Since then, I have found another method of performing the trick as well as a different gimmicked candle trick. I believe these two could be combined into one routine. The Self-Lighting Candle Unlike Salerno’s self-lighting candle, which used a battery and …

Paul La Croix- The Inventor of the “Dancing Hats”

Paul La Croix (Paul Murphy) was born in 1878 and began his career as a vaudeville juggler around 1895. He performed until at least 1915. While he got good reviews on the vaudeville circuit, he would be almost completely forgotten except for his invention of a juggling trick that is still performed today. This trick is known as the “bouncing …

Frankie Ferrer

Frankie Ferrer was born in 1938 into a family of poor farmers on a sugar cane plantation on the Philippine Island of Negros. As a young boy, he worked in the sugar cane fields. At the age of 14, he ran away from home and eventually joined up with a circus, doing whatever needed to be done to earn his …

Juggler Stage Name Game – The Results

As I stated a month ago, I was recently asked what my real name was by a magician. I told him David Cain was my real name, although I admitted that in day to day life away from the juggling world, I generally go by Dave. Nevertheless, he was surprised that I had been born with such a “stage-ready name”, …

The Bakers

The Bakers were a husband and wife juggling act from the UK that specialized in hat juggling. Harry Baker was born in 1893 in New York (USA). His wife Peggy was born in Manchester, UK. Harry learned to juggle at the age of twelve and was a popular juggler on the Vaudeville Orpheum Circuit in the 1920s. He married Peggy …

Jugglers Pictured in Cabinet Cards

One of the rarest types of juggling memorabilia are cabinet cards featuring jugglers. Cabinet cards are photographs taken between 1860 and the very early 1900s that are mounted on a thick, heavy card. They often featured celebrities and popular entertainers, so it was not too uncommon for jugglers to be featured in the images. Usually the juggler is just shown …

New York – Sexy juggling: Biting the Big Apple

Why do people come to New York? For the culture. For the excitement. For work. To make your dreams come true. For the juggling. All the right reasons. Did someone say ‘juggling’? Let’s look at two recent ongoing shows that feature jugglers. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus “Cabaret” at The Cutting Room, and “Burlesque Night” at the Slipper Room. Bindlestiff Family Circus …

The Juggler Stage Name Game

I was recently asked what my real name was by a magician. I told him David Cain was my real name, although I admitted that in day to day life away from the juggling world, I generally go by Dave. Nevertheless, he was surprised that I had been born with such a “stage-ready name,” as he called it. His real …

Jacky Lupescu

  Romanian juggler Jacky Lupescu was born Siehe Lupovici in 1919 in Saloniki, Greece, where his family was on tour with a circus. He specialized in complex combination tricks performed both on the ground and on a slack wire. He had a long performing career that began at an early age, when he started performing in a slack wire act …