Two Novel Methods of Teaching A Three Ball Cascade

When teaching very young children to juggle, most jugglers choose to use scarves to try to slow down the juggling pattern. This addresses the biggest challenge that young children face in learning a three ball cascade, which is the problem of hand speed. However, the use of scarves has one very giant drawback. There is very little carry over of …

Old Malabar – The Donkey Balancing Juggler

Old Malabar (Photo courtesy of Lukas Reichenbach) The juggler known as Old Malabar was born Patrick Feeney in Sligo, Ireland  on February 20, 1800. He was the son of a poor farmer. A weak student in school, he longed to travel to see the world beyond the farm. His brothers gave him thirty shillings to start his journey and Patrick …

IJA 1983 Photo Album / Scrapbook

At the 2016 IJA Festival in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a scrapbook was donated to the Museum of Juggling History by Duane and Mary Pickering of Milwaukee, Wisconson. This scrapbook features photos that the couple took and literature from the 1983 IJA Convention held in Purchase, New York (USA). You can see these photos and literature below. Thanks to the Pickerings …

The Forgotten Art of Carpet / Handkerchief Spinning

The art of spinning a carpet or handkerchief on the end of a stick or pole goes back at least as far as the 1800s. For carpet spinning, the carpet would usually have a rope or even a chain sewn into the hem. This makes the basic trick of spinning the prop fairly easy. For the handkerchief version, the stick …

Pemani

Pemani (1925 – 2011) was born Peter Mark Nielsen in Aarhus, Denmark. As a boy, Peter worked as a zookeeper at the Aarhus Zoo. One day the manager of the zoo, a former circus performer, challenged Peter to learn to stand and balance on top of a large ball that had been used in a sea lion act, promising to …

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Interview With Erik Åberg – Juggler, Historian, and Inventor

Erik Åberg is a Swedish juggler, juggling historian, and inventor who is known for a wide variety of accomplishments both within the juggling community and outside of it. He is one of modern juggling’s most respected thinkers, researchers, and inventors, as well as being an in-demand performer. Let’s learn more about Erik and his diverse body of work. Can you please …

The Mysterious Ader Brothers

Every few years a previously unknown or forgotten juggler is discovered, resulting in a surge of information being found about them. Hermann Sagemuller’s discovery of E.C. Kert is a great example of this, as were my efforts to share about Zarmo and John P. Thomas after their families reached out to me. Often it starts with a few photos, as …

Updates of Previous David Cain Articles

Every year or so, I like to give some updated information on previous article I’ve written for eJuggle. It’s been a while since I’ve done this, so here are updates on five popular articles I’ve written. Oldest Known Films of Juggling In September of 2018, the article Oldest Known Films of Juggling was published. This article, which you can read here, …

Paolo Bedini

After the death of Enrico Rastelli in 1931, many jugglers who were influenced by Rastelli’s style debuted on the stages of Europe. These included Bob Ripa, Paolo Pilletto, Italo Medini, Eduordo Raspini, and many others. However, the juggler who had perhaps the truest claim to the title of Rastelli’s successor was his nephew, Paolo Bedini. Paolo Bedini was born in …