Just Juggling Jottings by Clever Conkey – An Old Juggling History Article

In July of 2021, eJuggle published an article featuring A Juggler and His Art, an article from 1910 that gave us a glimpse into what a juggling historian of the period knew and thought about the art form. You can click here to read it. The response to that article was quite strong, so I thought it would be prudent to follow …

The History of the Candelabra Trick

Candles and candlesticks have long been popular props for gentlemen jugglers, who used items that might be found in a proper Victorian gentleman’s home. Kara (1867-1939), who is debatably the first gentleman juggler, performed a trick where he flipped a candle out of a candlestick and lit the candle in midair before catching it back in the candlestick. His friend …

Rose Sheldon – A Pictorial History

Rose Sheldon was a well-known and important American juggler who worked both as a solo performer and with a number of juggling teams / groups during the first half of the twentieth century. Fitzgerald’s Eight Juggling Girls Rose was first a member of Fitzgerald’s Eight Juggling Girls, which performed in the first decade of the 1900s. The troupe was headed …

Juggling Treasures Discovered From The Late 1800s

The Museum of Juggling History has quite a number of props made by Edward Van Wyck, the famous prop maker from Cincinnati, Ohio who created clubs and other juggling props from 1895 to 1919. You can click here and here to see many of these. Up until recently, these were the oldest known juggling props in the museum’s collection and …

Chester Dolphin – Juggler, Balancer, and Sword Swallower

  Chester Dolphin was born in 1907 in Worchester, Massachusetts (USA). He began his performing career in 1933 and was a very versatile artist, performing juggling, sword swallowing, unicycling, and hand balancing. His act changed often, sometimes being more of a juggling act and sometimes focusing more on his balancing or sword swallowing. It appears that he was originally focused …

Old Juggling Prop Catalogs – Part 5 – Charles De Vere Catalog

In 2016, I wrote a series of eJuggle articles showing prop catalogs from the 1880s to the 1940s. You can click here, here, here, and here to see them. Here is another very old catalog from France, The De Vere Juggling Props Catalog. Charles De Vere Charles De Vere (Herbert Shakespeare Gardiner Williams) (1843-1931) was a British magician who opened …

Max Cincinati

Max Cincinati was the stage name of Max Hellwig, who hailed from Berlin, Germany. He was born in 1870 and began performing in the 1890s. As the above image testifies, be performed in the best theaters in Europe and on the top Vaudeville circuit in the United States around the turn of the century. He was one of the better …

A 34-Year-Long Journey To Winning The IJA Teams Championships

I (David Cain) first competed in the IJA Stage Championships in 1985, at the age of 15, entering the Juniors Championships. While I do have unpublished video of this act, my ego prevents me from sharing it here. Needless to say, it wasn’t good. I tied for sixth place with future NFL Pro Bowl player Kendall Gammon. David Cain, 1985 …

Meteor Spinning – A Video Survey

Meteor Spinning is a very old form of juggling / object manipulation the utilizes two weighted objects attached by a long rope. The objects can be balls, bowls of water, torches, or other similar items. Originating in China, it started as a form of martial arts. You can click here to learn more about the use of the meteor as …