eJuggle: Profiles

Kati Ylä-Hokkala, Gandini Juggling – ep14 Juggle Jabber

Kati Yla Hokkala is the cofounder of Gandini Juggling, perhaps the world’s most successful juggling company. We talk about how she started out, her background in rhythmic gymnastics, creating shows, passing, and much more. Support this production by becoming a member of the IJA or join our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ijajugglers Created by Daniel Simu – http://danielsimu.com You can find the podcast …

The Bridge Generation: From Vaudeville to the Internet Age: Matt Hall

The latest in the “Bridge Generation” series profiles Matt Hall. The “Juggle Sensei” has a host of IJA awards on his resume: 2003 Silver Medalist, Diabolo and Cigar Box prop champion, 2005 People’s Choice and 2011 Bobby May Award. Matt also holds a full time gig teaching Japanese in California. I had the good fortune to meet with him at …

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 …

Abhoy Mitra

Abhoy Mitra is the most famous juggler in India. When you talk about the circus art of India, the first thing you will hear is the name of Abhoy Mitra. A juggler who loves his art, and will not leave it until death says otherwise. Abhoy Mitra was born in a village in the city of Kumirmora, in India. His …

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 …

Dr. Kate Riegle Van West

Kate Riegle van West was born in Normal, Illinois in 1986. From a young age she gravitated toward climbing on things/hanging upside down/causing general panic for her parents. At age 7 she joined a youth circus program at her school, and immediately knew the circus was her home. Yes, Kate grew up in a place called “Normal” and ran away …