The Invention and Reinvention of the Plastic Spinning Plate: Part 1

In the juggling world, some props change quite a bit over time while others remain the same. If you compare a modern plastic ring to one of Rudy Horn’s plastic rings from 1945 (shown below), the only real difference is the thickness of the ring. Rudy Horn’s plastic ring from 1945 (left) next to a modern ring However, if you …

The History of Poi Swinging Within the Juggling Community

The art of spinning poi originated with the Maori people of New Zealand. It is not known when poi dancing was created by the Maori, but it pre-dates their first contact with Europeans in the early 1800s and likely goes back to as far as 1500 A.D.. Poi is still practiced by the Maori, but for this article, we will …

Mr. Boomerang

As I research juggling history, I occasionally come across acts that are fairly unique. One such act that I’ve been aware of for quite some time was done by Australian performer Bevan Raynor, who is better known as Mr. Boomerang. Bevan originally worked as an acrobat and standard juggler in the 1960s, but eventually put together an act of sword …

The Great Whistling Diabolo Test

There are certain types of juggling and juggling props that have a bad reputation among large segments of the juggling community. Technical toss jugglers like to make fun of poi. People start to cringe when someone pulls out a bull whip or shaker cups at a festival due to the annoying noise. Another prop that gets a lot of disdain …

The Museum of Juggling History – A Guided Tour (Part 3)

At the 2019 IJA Festival, I was asked by a number of people why I didn’t bring the Museum of Juggling History collection like I did two years earlier. I explained that I couldn’t bring the collection and be the Festival Director at the same time. When I attended the European Juggling Convention a few weeks later, I had to …

The Museum of Juggling History – A Guided Tour (Part 2)

At the 2019 IJA Festival, I was asked by a number of people why I didn’t bring the Museum of Juggling History collection like I did two years earlier. I explained that I couldn’t bring the collection and be the Festival Director at the same time. When I attended the European Juggling Convention a few weeks later, I had to …

The Museum of Juggling History – A Guided Tour (Part 1)

At the 2019 IJA Festival, I was asked by a number of people why I didn’t bring the Museum of Juggling History collection like I did two years earlier. I explained that I couldn’t bring the collection and be the Festival Director at the same time. When I attended the European Juggling Convention a few weeks later, I had to …

Dave Parker

Dave Parker was born David Waterman on July 7th, 1934 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His father owned a cigar shop. When World War II broke out, the Waterman Family, being Jewish, went into hiding in Bergen, North Holland. Fortunately, Dave’s father had the foresight to take all of his merchandise from the store with him, and so the family was able …

Newly Discovered Harry Lind Films

Harry Lind is an icon in the history of juggling in the United States. He was a talented performer from 1900 to 1919 and was supposedly the creator of the triple singles pattern with four clubs, which he called “pop ups.” He was considered one of the best club swingers in the world as well. In 1919, he began making …