Rudy Horn Obituary

The following obituary uses content from two previous IJA publications (a 1964 IJA Newsletter article by Bob Brock and a 1987 Juggler’s World Magazine article by Sandy Brown) as well as new content by author David Cain. ******** The juggling community has lost one of its brightest stars and biggest icons. Rudy Horn passed away on October 12th, 2018 at …

The Great Feud of the Strongman Juggling Stars

Paul Conchas Paul Conchas and Paul Spadoni were both famed German strongman jugglers. Since Karl Heinz-Ziethen has written a great deal about these two powerhouse jugglers in his recent book, Juggling, The Past and Future, I won’t repeat their biographies here. Instead, I want to share with you the story of a feud that occurred between the two when they …

Vaudeville Era Tambourine Spinners and Banjo-Playing Jugglers

Previously, I’ve written about performers who combined juggling and playing musical instruments. I also wrote an entire article about the famed banjo juggler Franco Piper, whom you can read about by clicking here. In this article, I’d like to examine some other banjo playing jugglers and some jugglers who specialized in the rare genre of tambourine spinning! Franco Piper The …

Newly Discovered Ollie Young Photos and Information

Three years ago I wrote an article on innovative juggler Ollie Young. Ollie (1875 – 1946) was from Columbus, Ohio (USA) and is remembered for a few notable reasons. First of all, he is credited as the inventor of kick ups with clubs and was one of the finest club jugglers prior to the twentieth century. He was the first juggler …

Billy Tirko and the Juggling Props of Edward Van Wyck

Billy Tirko (1906-1998) was an American juggler who performed from the 1920s until the 1960s. He specialized in club juggling, combination tricks, and ball and mouth stick work. Dick Franco wrote a long biography about Billy that was published in the Winter 2009 issue of JUGGLE Magazine, so I won’t repeat what was written in that excellent piece. Instead, I …

The Oldest Known Films of Juggling 1895-1925

As a juggling historian, I’m always on the lookout for very old films of juggling. Many films of juggling greats have been lost to time, including those of Cinquevalli and Morris Cronin. However, we do have some very old juggling films. Here are the oldest that I’m aware of that are online and two that are being placed online for …

Unexpected Photos of Famous Jugglers

As I look through the 13,000 photos in the archives of the Museum of Juggling History, I occasionally come across photos of famous jugglers doing tricks or using props that are unexpected. Imagine coming across a photo of Enrico Rastelli doing diabolo or Anthony Gatto swinging poi. Well, below are examples that I’ve found that seem equally incongruous. I hope …

A 1912 Book and Catalogue From Edward Van Wyck

Juggling prop maker Edward Van Wyck opened for business in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) in 1895. In 1900, Van Wyck published a well-known book titled “America and Europe’s Greatest Jugglers.” This book featured jugglers from the USA and Europe using Van Wyck’s juggling and circus props. You can see this book by clicking here. While that book is fairly well-known among …