The Cabooter Family – Part 1 (Rudy Bolly and Alain Diagora)

If you ask even the biggest fans of juggling history to tell you about the Cabooter Family of jugglers, they will probably stare blankly back at you. That’s because all of the well-known members of the family have used stage names in their work. Let’s take a look at the first of these. Rudy Bolly Rudy Bolly was the stage …

3 Ball Gurus: Part 2 – Dan Jahvorsky

Some jugglers are known for being jacks of all trades. They try to learn to be somewhat proficient at a very wide array juggling skills. Others concentrate on one or two props and rarely if ever mess around with anything else. A few make it their goal to concentrate on one very specific type and number of prop and expand …

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3 Ball Gurus: Part 1 – Andrew Olson

Some jugglers are known for being jacks of all trades. They try to learn to be somewhat proficient at a very wide array juggling skills. Others concentrate on one or two props and rarely if ever mess around with anything else. A few make it their goal to concentrate on one very specific type and number of prop and expand …

The History of the Eating the Apple Trick

There is perhaps no juggling routine more hated by jugglers and more loved by audiences than the “eat the apple” trick. To juggle one or more apples and take bites from the fruit while doing so is one of the most famous tricks in the juggling world. Let’s take a quick look at this famous routine. The use of apples …

Videos From The Vault – Ugo Garrido

Ugo Garrido was a Spanish juggler born in Florence, Italy. He was a juggling star throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. He was best known for his amazing kick ups with clubs. He was a popular performer on television shows during that time. He is now retired and living in Cannes, France. Below are two videos of Ugo Garrido I’ve …

Toscanelli

Toscanelli was born Heinrich Goldschmidt in Wurzburg, Lowever Franconia in Germany’s Bavaria region on July 19, 1914. He was the son of Josef Goldschmidt (from Wurzburg) and Hannchen nee Froehlich (from Unteraltertheim, Lower Franconia) and his siblings wer Leopold, Max, Recha, Moses, Lotte, Bernhard and Emanuel. His grandparents, Isaak Leopold and Karoline nee Stern owned the only Jewish hotel in …

Van Wyck Catalog and Performer Advertisements – 1905

Iconic juggling prop maker Edward Van Wyck put out at least three booklets that acted as catalogs for his products and advertisements for jugglers and other variety acts that used them. The most famous one, released in 1900, was titled America and Europe’s Greatest Jugglers. You can view it by clicking here. The next one of which we’re aware is …

The Alpha Troupe and Gregory Troupe – Hoop Rolling Jugglers

Many hoop rolling troupes were established in the late 1800s and early 1900s after William Everhart (click here to read about him) invented the genre. Two successful – but mostly forgotten – troupes from the United States were the Alpha Troupe and the Gregory Troupe. They were active at the same time. While not a huge amount of information still …

Paul Conchas – German Strongman Juggler

The art form of heavyweight juggling didn’t reach its heyday until Paul Conchas began his career in 1895. Conchas, a German who was born Paul Huett around 1875, was a master performer and promoter. He was known as “the Military Hercules,” wearing an elite Prussian Household Guard uniform, complete with eagle-crowned helmet. For much of his career, he was assisted by …