Kay Farrelli – The Danish Ice Skating Juggler

Kay Farrelli was a Danish juggler who debuted in the 1930s. He was best known for his ball and mouth stick work, club juggling with 3 and 4 clubs, 5 rings, large ball manipulation, and other balance tricks. He juggled with skeleton clubs he made himself. Below you can see some photos from early in his career. After juggling in …

Forgotten Juggling Props: Tobacco Pipes

One of my favorite subjects to research and write about are forgotten juggling props of the past. Today we look at a very common prop throughout the 1700s and 1800s: the tobacco pipe. Tobacco pipes made of clay or wood were popular props for jugglers to use for various balancing tricks. Balancing tricks made up a very large part, if …

The Juggler and His Art (1910) by Signor Saltarino

As a juggling historian, I am obviously interested in early writings about the history of juggling. One of the earliest accounts we have of the history of jugglers was written by Signor Saltarino, who was actually Hermann Waldemar Otto (1863-1941), a German writer, journalist, and artist. He is best known for his Artist’s Lexicon, detailing a history of performing artists. …

The Reported 16 Ball Jugglers of the Past

Experience, common sense, and physics all tell us that it is extremely unlikely and almost assuredly impossible that anyone will ever see a juggler perform even a flash of 16 balls on stage except possibly via multiplexing or some other “cheating” method. If you don’t believe me, check out the following wonderful video produced by Wired and featuring well-known jugglers …

Juggling Tricks Using Neckties

Clowns and magicians have been using neckties to perform gags and tricks for a long time, using ties that grow, float, pop up, appear, and change color. However, jugglers have not been so quick to follow suit in their use of this accessory. The only example I can recall seeing in my almost four decades in the juggling community was …

Charles Hera – Gentleman Juggler

Charles Hera was born in Germany in 1881 and became a celebrated gentleman juggler popular right after the turn of the century. While not much is known about his background or personal life, his tricks and creations were influential in the juggling world. His most famous creation was the candelabra trick, where he flipped seven candles out of a seven-pronged …

More Videos of Evgeni Biljauer

In August of 2016, we published a collection of videos of legendary Russian juggler Evgeni Biljauer. You can click here to see that article. Since then, many more videos of Biljauer have surfaced. Below is a collection of them that you’re sure to enjoy, along with some photos of Evgeni from the archives of the Museum of Juggling History. If …

What Can Be Done While Toss Juggling?

For my shows, I have created many routines over the past 39 years that feature me performing various non-juggling related activities while toss juggling. Below are a variety of examples of activities that I and other jugglers have done while toss juggling other than they typical talking and telling jokes. Please keep in mind that for many of these skills, …

Rich Hayes – Eccentric Juggler

Rich Hayes is probably not a juggler you’re familiar with. I’m a juggling historian and was barely familiar with his name and knew nothing of his act or life. Even after I and several other juggling historians looked into his life, we found very little. The following is what we do know. Rich Hayes was an English comedy juggler and …