Alternative Cigar Box-Like Props

I previously wrote an article about the history of cigar box juggling, but I was asked to research alternate props that have been used like cigar boxes. I found a number of very interesting variations. The Past Félicien Trewey (1848 – 1920) used three “round blocks,” which were sold in the oldest known juggling catalog, the Catalogue Of Fine Juggler …

Anthony Gatto: A Video Timeline of Performances

Anthony Gatto is generally considered the greatest toss juggler of all time. Much has been written about him over the years, but as new jugglers enter the community, they inevitably hear about Anthony for the first time. Therefore, I thought it would be nice to gather a collection of online videos showing Gatto’s performances throughout his life and career. From …

The Sad Tale of Signor Vivalla: P.T. Barnum’s Juggler

Whether it’s through the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus or via the recent movie “The Greatest Showman,” most readers will recognize the name of famed promoter P.T. Barnum. Barnum lived from 1810 to 1891 and hailed from Connecticut in the USA. While much has been written about his later years, few people know that Barnum started his show …

Juggling Museum Prop Rescue Road Trip

In late December of 2020, I was on Facebook and decided to look up juggling props on Facebook Marketplace. I noticed a posting for a large collection of juggling props that featured many juggling clubs that I didn’t recognize. For me to not recognize a type of juggling club is a rare occurrence, as I literally wrote the book on …

The History of 6 Club Juggling

There is no more iconic juggling prop than the juggling club. Balls are used in lots of sports and activities. Rings aren’t obviously a juggling prop to most non-jugglers. But if someone sees three club-like objects, they immediately think of juggling. Today we will look at the early history of solo juggling with 6 clubs. However, let’s review the history …

The Japanese Bottomless Basket

I’ve long been a fan of the big juggling props of the Gentleman Juggler era, such as the Kara Box, the Salerno Ring, and the Picture Frame Trick. If you’re not familiar with those three tricks, click here, here, and here to see video of them. We often consider those tricks to be old, as they were created in the …

Toss Juggling With Umbrellas

The use of umbrellas and parasols in juggling is not uncommon. Japanese jugglers and their imitators have been spinning balls, rings, coins, and boxes on parasols for hundreds of years. One of the most famous current jugglers performing this style of juggling is Mio Yadori. Umbrellas and parasols are also a very common prop for antipodism / foot juggling. Umbrellas …

Regina Baranton Interview

Regina Baranton was a member of the famous Baranton Sisters foot juggling / antipodism duo with her sister Eliane, a successful solo performer, and the wife of famed comedy juggler Gil Dova. Recently, I interviewed her about her life and career. Regina Baranton David Cain (DC): Can you tell us a little about when and where you were born? Regina …

Mysterious Magical Juggling Rings

While juggling and magic have often been closely related throughout history, there are very few examples of props that have been created that combine the two art forms. Today we’ll look at a few examples of juggling rings that also have magical elements to them. Multiple Color Changing Rings Color change rings have been around for many decades. Lottie Brunn …