Les Dougalls: A History In Photos And Video

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Les Dougalls were the husband and wife team of Erwin Steiner and Viviane Chabre. Erwin had previously been a stand out member of the Villams, a five person juggling act that graduated from the Budapest, Hungary circus school in 1956. Below are three photos of the Villams.

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In 1962, Erwin left the Villams to form Les Dougalls with his wife Viviane. Viviane, who was from Belgium, was a seventh generation circus artist and the daughter of the famous clown and juggler Joseph “Jojo” Chabre. Jojo had been a member of the juggling troupe Les 3 Readyyng, shown below.

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Together, Erwin and Viviane presented a fast-paced tempo act that combined top-level juggling with acrobatics. Erwin was one of the few jugglers of the 1960s and 1970s to perform 6 clubs and 8 rings. Erwin passed away from cancer in 1984. Viviane is still alive today and lives in Belgium. Below are two videos and sixteen photos showcasing their great act and career.

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David Cain is a professional juggler, juggling historian, and the owner of the world's only juggling museum, the Museum of Juggling History. He is a Guinness world record holder and 15 time IJA gold medalist. In addition to his juggling pursuits, David is a successful composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and singer as well as the author of sixteen books. He and his children live in Middletown, OH (USA).

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