Aerial Juggling Acts

Two years ago, I wrote an article about Bert and Chrys Holt. In the 1940s and 1950s, Bert hung by a cable held in his teeth and performed amazing juggling tricks while swinging above the circus ring. Here are some photos of Bert that didn’t appear in the earlier article.

When Bert was injured in a fall in 1962, his daughter Chrys took over for him, performing a very similar act as her father, but hanging by her hair rather than an iron jaw apparatus like Bert. I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Chrys at her home in Florida.

You can watch of Chrys’ act and her appearance on the television program To Tell The Truth in the following video.

Miguel Bratty was a Spanish juggler who hung by his hair prior to Chrys Holt and who inspired her to do her father’s tricks by hanging by her hair. Below you can see two photos of Miguel Bratty.

Many jugglers since Miguel Bratty and Chrys Holt have hung by their hair and juggled, but let’s take a look at several modern acts that are combining juggling and aerial work in some different ways.

Vladik Miagkostoupov

Vladik Miagkostoupov is a well known juggler to many readers, having been the IJA Juniors Champion in 1995 and the IJA Individual Champion in 1997. Born in Ukraine, he has been a popular figure in the juggling world for several decades. In the last few years, he has been performing an aerial version of his act that has been very well received. You can see it below.

 

Yury Ermolov

Yury Ermolov bills himself as the “Flying Juggler”. Hailing from Russia, he began juggling at the age of 12. He studied under Nikolai Pavlovich Gerasimov, father of the famed 8 club and 11 ring juggler Nikolai Gerasimov. He graduated from the Circus Center in Rostov in 1994 and has been performing ever since. He originally performed his aerial juggling act as a clown-like character.

Since 2010, he has been performing his act as a Mozart-like conductor. Along with his aerial work, he also runs 7 clubs and 9 rings on the ground., You can see his act in the following video.

Pak Song Hui

Pak Song Hui is a North Korean circus artist who has a wonderful aerial juggling act, which you can see below. Make sure you check out her final trick, which includes a sword balance on a dagger mouth stick, juggling four balls, and spinning a ring on her ankle, all while swinging back and forth on a rope wrapped around her ankle.

Unknown Trapeze Juggler

Recently, a female aerial juggler has appeared online. I’ve not been able to learn her name, but below are two videos of her unique act, which utilizes a swinging trapeze platform.

Here is another version of her act.

 

Gabriel Beaudoin

Gabriel Beaudoin performs in the Cirque du Soleil production Kurios, presenting a juggling act that includes a brief bit of aerial juggling, which you can see in the Facebook video below.

 

Teemu Riihelä

Teemu Riihelä does some amazing inverted ball juggling and diabolo work in the following videos.

 

Will Pendragon

Finally, we have Will Pendragon from the UK, who juggles on a standard trapeze.

 

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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