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Videos From The Vault # 5 – Gil Dova

One of my favorite jugglers all of time was Gil Dova. Gil passed away last year and I wrote an obituary for him that can be read by clicking here. The obituary contained three videos of Gil’s amazing act. Recently I came across three more videos of Gil’s act. Two are completely new videos and the third is a clearer …

IJA Conventions / Festivals – Every Ten Years

Happy Birthday IJA – 70 Years Old!  It all started when some jugglers attending the International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention in 1947 in Pittsburgh, PA decided to form an organization specifically for jugglers.  The next summer, the first IJA Convention was held in Jamestown, New York.  38 of the 115 members attended, including three members who are still alive today …

Gus, Ursula, and Donald Lauppe

The Lauppe Family was one of the best known juggling duos / trios for three decades. Let’s take a look at these amazing performers. Ursula Hill Lauppe Ursula Hill (1922-1998) was a juggler from Magdeburg, Germany whose performing career began in 1940. She was not from a show business family, but received training from famed juggler Italo Medini. She performed …

Videos From The Vault # 4 – The Shattucks

In this installment of Videos From The Vault, we take a look at a juggling team from the first half of the twentieth century. They were quite successful, but are almost completely unknown today. Let’s learn about the Shattucks! The Shattucks – 1910 The Shattucks were the husband and wife juggling team of Edward (Ward) and Ethel Shattuck. Edward was …

New Felix Adanos Videos and Photos

Felix Adanos is one of the most successful jugglers of all time. In January of 2014, eJuggle published an article I wrote about his life and career. You can read that piece by clicking here. It included all of the known film of Adanos and many photos. Since that time, I’ve acquired many more photographs and another film of Adanos …

Juggling Jems – Rita and Francine Rose

One of the more unique juggling acts of the 1950s was The Juggling Jems. This duo act consisted of sisters Rita and Francine Rose. Francine was born on July 4, 1940, and her sister Rita followed two years later, born on June 28, 1942. Their mother’s name was Frances Rose and their father was theatrical agent Harry P. “Tex” Rose …

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, …