eJuggle: Opinion/Theory/History

Carl Thorson

Carl Thorson was born into a large family on August 1, 1894 on his family farm, located five miles outside of Madison, Wisconsin, (USA). When he was old enough to go to school, he walked five miles each way. This undoubtedly kept him in peak physical condition, which is something he was known for his entire life.  At some point …

Lothar Lohr and the Saturn Trick

Lothar Lohr was born in Swinemünde, Germany in 1929 and moved to Ahlbeck, Germany in 1949. At the age of 13 he began practicing juggling using potatoes. He made his debut on stage in 1949 and continued performing into the 1980s. He juggled with tennis rackets, bounced tennis balls off of a drum, juggled 7 balls in the air, and …

Review: Tactile by Luke Wilson

Gandini Press just published Tactile, a book written by the late Luke Wilson. I’ve read it, and you might already have too. The book is a collection of essays, blogs and rants, most of which have been published in Kaskade Magazine, on CircusGeeks, or here on eJuggle, where you can still find them today. Though I had read most essays …

Juggling in North Korea

Juggling in North Korea

Jugglers of the Pyongyang state circus. Photo: Gyan Fernando. The talk about North Korea is complicated. Also, talking about juggling in North Korea, given that it is the most secretive country in the world, is something even more complex. I have found little information because in North Korea there is no internet for people and those who can access it …

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Ben Beri

Ben Beri was an American juggler popular from the late 1920s to the early 1960s.  He performed in a tuxedo, exuding an air of elegance, but included a great deal of comedy that bordered on slapstick at times. He was taught to juggle at the age of 6 by well-known vaudeville juggler Jack Greene. Below are three descriptions of Beri’s …

Book Review – Juggling – The Past and Future by Karl-Heinz Ziethen

Karl-Heinz Ziethen’s long awaited book, Juggling — The Past and Future, is a new, extended edition of his previous double volume juggling history book 4,000 Years of Juggling, which was published in 1981. In this new book’s 596 pages, there are 1063 archival photos, many of which have never been published before. The task of publishing this book changed hands …

Donald Lauppe Obituary

The juggling world has lost another well known figure. Donald Lauppe, the son of well known jugglers Gus and Ursula Hill Lauppe, passed away last week. He performed with his parents for many years and was a very talented juggler in his own right. Donald, Ursuala, and Gus Lauppe Donald was born on April 12, 1952 and grew up in …

The Table Cloth Pull Trick

The table cloth pull trick is one of the most famous magic and juggling tricks in the world. While it’s probably more associated with magic, the origins and presentation of the trick stem from juggling. For those who aren’t familiar with the trick, the performer pulls a table cloth out from under a set of dinner ware. Check out the …

How to Fly with Your Props

Are they going to confiscate my props?! Domestic or international travel – this is the one question sure to cross every object manipulators mind as they pass through airport security. The prop manipulators struggle with TSA is real… or is it? For many travelers countless hours have been stressed over losing props to airport personnel only for it to turn …