The Whip Balance Trick

As I read old juggling books and look at early juggling catalogs, there are tricks that show up time and time again. One genre of these tricks involve balancing a stiff whip, which always has either a spinning plate or a lamp at the upright handle end. The cracking end of the whip is always bent and is balanced either …

Albert Petrovsky

11 Rings. (Haz clic aquí para español.) Albert Petrovsky was an extraordinary juggler, pioneer in many tricks, who held a world record that by the time of the 60s seemed impossible to imagine. Alik, as his friends called him, was a complete artist, who mastered rings and clubs with an enviable and inspiring technique. Many knew who he was, but …

IJA Tricks of the Month by Jeremiah Johnston from U.S.A. | Club Juggling

Featuring the impressive club juggling of Jeremiah Johnston! And today’s his birthday! Happy Birthday Jer! Jeremiah Johnston is a California man raised in the rural Sierra Nevadas. He spent his early adult years amidst the coastal redwoods at Humboldt State University where he developed the juggling skills that would lay the foundation for his career in entertainment. The juggling arts …

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The Veko’s

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The Veko’s was a group of jugglers from the Netherlands. They started as an artist duo consisting of Jan Van der Veken, known as “John Vekos,” and his wife, Jeanne Van der Veken. As a child, Jan Van der Veken was very restless. He did acrobatics and could stand on his hands. He was a …

More Juggling Statues and Sculptures

As I stated in the previous article on juggling statues and sculptures, juggling can be difficult to portray in sculpture, as the props obviously must be connected to the juggler in some manner. Nevertheless, jugglers and juggling have been a popular subject of sculptures for a long time. Let’s take a look at some more public statues as well as …

Juggling for the dictator

(Haz clic aquí para español.) After the end of World War I, many jugglers had to leave their place of residence to seek better opportunities. The circus was injured, and went through a restructuring process. In 1919, Russia nationalized the circus and the vast majority of artists fled the country. Other circuses were looking for innovative shows for their tours. …

The IJA Sammie Vance Youth Civic Achievement Award

Tis the season of giving and the IJA teaming up with Sammie Vance and her Buddy Bench project have done just that! A buddy bench now sits at the Boys and Girls Club Fort Wayne, IN that was made possible through teamwork and friendship! This buddy bench is made out of 200 lbs of recycled plastic bottle caps and lids. …

Joe Taylor Obituary

(Author’s note: Much thanks to Scott Cain for the use of a great deal of the research and writing on Joe Taylor that he had previously done.) We are sad to announce that the first person of color to join the IJA, Joe Taylor, passed away on December 20th, 2019. Joe had a successful career as a performer in the …