Toni Wells is not a name that’s familiar to most jugglers, even those who are well acquainted with history. His real name was Toni Storzenbach and he was born in Germany in 1932. He began working as a juggler at the age of 14 and found success quickly. He changed his stage name to Toni Wells in 1954, but I’ve also seen him listed quite often as Ton Wells and less often as Tom Wells. He retired in 1964 at the relatively young age of 32.
Below are thirteen photos of Toni from my collection along with two videos showcasing his considerable skills.
The first video was filmed at in 1963 when Toni was performing with the Harlem Globetrotters.
The next video shows the juggling highlights from the 1955 German film Griff Nach Den Sternen, which is translated Reach For The Stars. The movie is about a juggler named Turell. Toni performed all of the juggling scenes, which were filmed at a distance or at an angle that allowed him to pass for the actor that played Turell. The juggling is quite impressive, including 5 ball back crosses and a version of the Brunn Finish.