What A Show! – Four Famed Juggling Troupes In One Circus: Part 2

(日本語はこちら) Two years ago, my brother Scott and I wrote an article discussing ideal years to time travel to in order to see the greatest number of iconic jugglers of the past.  You can read that article here. But what if you could only see one show from history? What single performance would allow you to glimpse the most juggling …

What A Show! – Four Famed Juggling Troupes In One Circus: Part 1

(日本語はこちら) Two years ago, my brother Scott and I wrote an article discussing ideal years to time travel to in order to see the greatest number of iconic jugglers of the past.  You can read that article here. But what if you could only see one show from history? What single performance would allow you to glimpse the most juggling …

The Sloped Net Learning Method

(日本語はこちら) When teaching a beginner how to do a three ball cascade, many juggling instructors, myself included, suggest that the student stand with their front thighs against a table, bed, or couch. That way, when drops occur, it is easier to pick up the dropped ball from the piece of furniture rather than from the floor. A few others have …

Toss Juggling Props With Curved Handles

(日本語はこちら) One of the rarest categories of juggling props are items that juggle like clubs (meaning they are usually flipped once or in multiples of 360 degrees), but that have a curved handle resembling part of a ring or hoop. I can only think of five examples of such props. Let’s take a look at them. The first example is …

Strongman Jugglers Markus and Valentin Dikul – A Video Compilation

(日本語はこちら) Strongman juggling, also known as power juggling, has roots in the early to mid-1800s, when jugglers such as Medua and Mooty Samme and their student Karl Rappo juggled heavy objects as part of their acts. Juggling superstar Paul Cinquevalli displayed tricks with a cannon ball at the turn of the twentieth century. The genre perhaps reached its pinnacle in …

The Art of Rolling Objects on a Parasol

(日本語はこちら) The skill of spinning and balancing objects on a spinning parasol is one of the most famous forms of Edo Daikagura, the traditional form of Japanese juggling that dates to the 1600s. The traditional types of objects spun on parasols include silken balls, small rings, coins, tea cups, and wooden boxes. In Japanese, the skill, which is translated into …

Jugglers On The Ed Sullivan Show – Part 2

(日本語はこちら) One of the best sources of juggling videos from the middle of the twentieth century is The Ed Sullivan Show. This iconic television show, which ran from 1948 until 1971, featured hundreds of variety acts, including many jugglers. The Ed Sullivan Show Youtube channel has uploaded many juggling acts in the past two years. These are a treasure trove …

Jugglers On The Ed Sullivan Show – Part 1

(日本語はこちら) One of the best sources of juggling videos from the middle of the twentieth century is The Ed Sullivan Show. This iconic television show, which ran from 1948 until 1971, featured hundreds of variety acts, including many jugglers. The Ed Sullivan Show Youtube channel has uploaded many juggling acts in the past two years. These are a treasure trove …

Gus Raglus

(日本語はこちら) If you’ve heard of the juggler Gus Raglus, I would be very, very surprised. I had barely come across his name in my forty years as a juggler and decade as a juggling historian. Gus Raglus was born Charles Hughes on November 10, 1883 at No. 9 Fox and Grapes Yard, Kirkgate, Leeds, Yorkshire, England, where his parents, John …