Open Source Vs. Intellectual Property in Juggling: An Opinion Piece

There are plenty of disagreements within the juggling world. For instance, some jugglers live for siteswaps while others argue that they have little relevance within performance, saying that non-jugglers can’t differentiate between most patterns. Today I want to share my thoughts about another area of controversy – the debate over whether creative ideas (props, routines, etc.) should be open source, …

Three Obscure Historical Juggling Props

One of my favorite parts of being a juggling historian is discovering juggling props of the past of which we were mostly or completely unaware. In the past, I’ve written about cup sticks and hand bells, table lamps, the whirligig, Breenos, the Kara Box, the Birds in the Tree, and other such props. The publication of these articles has sometimes …

A Video Survey of Edo Daikagura (Traditional Japanese Juggling)

Modern juggling is extremely popular in Japan right now, but the country has a very long tradition of juggling that dates back quite far. This style of juggling, known as Edo Daikagura (or just Daikagura) is around 400 years old. Some of the more famous Daikagura routines include the bottomless basket (hanakagomori), mouth stick and tea cup (dobin and kuwae-bachi), …

Ask David – February 2021

Welcome to my column for eJuggle, Ask David. In this column, you can ask me for my opinion, advice, or knowledge about anything juggling-related. In case you don’t know me and you’re wondering why you might want to know my thoughts, here’s a bit about me. I’ve been a professional juggler for 37 years and have performed over 15,000 professional …

Mel Ody – Comedy Juggler

Mel Ody was born Richard Luby in 1913 in San Francisco, CA. His family moved to Denver, CO when Richard was young. His father often took the young boy to circuses and vaudeville shows and these had a great impact on the lad. They were a highlight of an often difficult childhood. Despite being very well read, Richard never finished …

Updates to Previous David Cain Articles

Often, the publication of an eJuggle article results in new discoveries on the subject. Every year or so, I like to give some updated information on these previous articles I’ve written for eJuggle.  It’s been a while since I’ve done this, so here are updates on some popular articles I’ve written. The Hoop and Glass Trick In September of 2017, …

Newly Discovered Collection of Juggling Props From Gus and Ursula Lauppe

In the past, I’ve written about the famed husband and wife juggling duo of Gus Lauppe and Ursula Hill Lauppe. They were both born in 1922 and were some of the top jugglers of the middle part of the previous century. You can read about them by clicking here. The Museum of Juggling History has had a few props from …

Wirewalking Jugglers of the 1700s

When we think about the advent of “modern juggling,” we often look at the first “big three” stars: Cinquevalli, Kara, and Salerno. These performers, who rose to fame in the 1880s, certainly started a chain of incredible artists that continues on to today. Before their careers, however, we have very spotty information regarding the top jugglers at any given time. …

Ask David – January 2021

Welcome to my column for eJuggle, Ask David. In this column, you can ask me for my opinion, advice, or knowledge about anything juggling-related. In case you don’t know me and you’re wondering why you might want to know my thoughts, here’s a bit about me. I’ve been a professional juggler for 37 years and have performed over 15,000 professional …