Remembering Rudi Schweitzer

We are sad to announce that Rudi Schweitzer, the well-known juggler from Frankfurt, Germany, passed away on June 22nd, 2020. Rudi, who was born on May 7th, 1939, specialized in using a derby hat, top hats, cigar boxes, and three balls. He initially worked as a locksmith before being trained in juggling by his uncle, Albert Schweitzer, who was a …

Eric Zidla – A Career in Photos and Video

Eric Zidla was an Austrian juggler of exceptional technical ability and exuberant stage presence. I have been unable to find much information about his life, but we do know a little. During World War II, he escaped from the Nazi takeover of Austria and fled to Switzerland with nothing. He found some tennis balls, made sticks from broom handles, and …

Mixed Prop Variations on 5[21][22]

On of my favorite toss juggling patterns is 5[21][22], which can also be thought of as 7[22]2[21][22]. If those numbers are confusing you, then you don’t know complex siteswap notation. Don’t fear, though, as I certainly didn’t know the siteswap for this pattern when I started to discover these tricks. Instead, I called this pattern the Piggyback Cascade, as one …

Ron Graham Obituary

We are sad to report the passing of former IJA President Ronald Graham (1935 – 2020) on July 6th, 2020. Ron was a well-known figure in the juggling world and nothing less than a major celebrity in the world of mathematics. To learn about his huge contributions to mathematics, you can read the obituary published by the American Mathematical Society …

Unique Juggling Tricks and Routines: Part 3

As I look through the over 15,000 photos in the archives of the Museum of Juggling History and of the IJA, I occasionally come across juggling acts or routines that are particularly unique. Unique acts are more rare than you might think, as good acts and routines are quickly copied by other performers. We see this now with jugglers copying …

Michael and Tux – The Dinnerware Juggling Brothers

Michael and Tux (real name Victor) were the sons of the German tightrope walker and musical clown Willko. Their last name was Kopelky.  The 2 Willkos, Michael and Tux’s parents After his sons were born, Willko taught them music and juggling. The two boys were hailed as musical prodigies, playing accordion, violin, and their specialty, the xylophone. Michael and Victor …

eJuggle 30 Second 5-Ball Routine Video Contest Results

  In the late 2000s, Anthony Gatto created a series of challenges where jugglers could create 30-second-long videos of themselves performing an unedited routine using a number and type of prop specified by Anthony. All of the videos had to be placed online by a certain date and then jugglers could vote on which video they thought was the best. …

Sylvester Schäffer Jr. – The Most Talented Man in the World

Sylvester Schäffer, Jr. (1885-1949) was the son and grandson of professional jugglers. His grandfather was Karl Johann Schäffer (1824-1917), who was trained by famous juggler Karl Rappo (1800-1854). Karl’s sons, Sylvester (Sr.) (1859-1934) and Severus, were both skilled jugglers. This was especially true of Severus, who gained a reasonable amount of fame. You can read an article I previously wrote …

Juggling Greats of the Past (K – Z): A Video Survey

It happened again yesterday. A juggler contacted me and asked if there was one place online that they could turn to where they could see videos of the great jugglers of the past. I told them that there really wasn’t one place and ended up supplying them with a tons of various links. This has happened before, so there is …