Juggling During Wartime in Nicaragua – Jugglers for Peace

  (Haz clic aquí para español.) Jugglers For Peace, tour 1988. Photo: Graham Ellis. Days after the assassination of juggler and engineer Benjamin Linder by soldiers from Los Contra (you can read my article about him here), more artists arrived in Nicaragua. It was the Jugglers For Peace group. They landed in Managua in 1987, ready to tour the cities …

Old Juggling Act Descriptions: Part 2 – Henri French and Alfredo Marschall

Stanyon’s Magic magazine was published from 1900 to 1915 and 1919 to 1920. Issues often included descriptions of magic and juggling acts. In this series, we’ll examine some of these juggling act descriptions, focusing on jugglers about whom we know little. These synopses give us great insight into what juggling acts of that period looked like and may give some …

100 Days, 100 Tricks

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Few jugglers managed to complete the 100tricksjugglingchallenge. The challenge was to record 100 tricks or juggling sequences. They can be published days in a row or not; the continuity of the recording days depends on the juggler, his time and discipline. Many artists have only managed to record up to 60 tricks; others abandoned it …

Phil La Toska – The Talkative Juggler

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Phil’s life is a mystery. Historical records give us little detail about La Toska. As a vaudeville performer, the name “The Talkative Juggler” appears on various billboards. The little information that I was able to obtain shows us the feats that he had in his artistic career. If you know any details of Phil’s life, …

IJA Tricks of the Month by Cote Velásquez from Chile | Juggling Clubs

My name is María José Velásquez Faúndez. I am 25 years old and I live in the city of Ligua, Chile. I am approaching 6 years in the discipline of juggling which started in a park in Santiago and at the same time allowed me to travel through South America know the street, beautiful landscapes and wonderful people. I thank …

Old Juggling Act Descriptions: Part 1 – Essmann, Charles Aldrich, and Frank Sylvo

Stanyon’s Magic magazine was published from 1900 to 1915 and 1919 to 1920. Issues often included descriptions of magic and juggling acts. In this series, we’ll examine some of these juggling act descriptions, focusing on jugglers about whom we know little. These synopses give us great insight into what juggling acts of that period looked like and may give some …

Interview with Grygoriy Lovygin

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Grygoriy Lovygin, known as the “King of Pirouettes” on Instagram, is an Eastern European artist. With his 4 minute show, Lovygin has conquered more than 30 countries, performing in circuses, on television, private events, and other venues. He continues to create complex juggling routines, and raise his technical skills. Where are you from? I was …

The Arizona’s – Wild West Jugglers

(Before we begin the article, I do wish to point out the inappropriate and cringeworthy nature of the redface aspect of the performers examined in the article. While having European and Caucasian performers depicting themselves as Native American was common place a hundred years ago, that doesn’t excuse the practice in any way. To learn more about the issue, please …

Florrie Rhodesia – Society’s Juggler Lady

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Florrie was one of those jugglers who could pull off the most difficult and most impressive tricks of the 20th century. She brought together several disciplines in the same show, which forced her to spend more than 12 hours a day perfecting each routine. Unfortunately, the press of the time focused more on her beauty …