Ask David – September 2020

Welcome to the new column for eJuggle, Ask David. In this column, you can ask me for my opinion, advice, or knowledge about anything juggling-related. In case you don’t know me and you’re wondering why you might want to know my thoughts, here’s a bit about me. I’ve been a professional juggler for 36 years and have performed over 15,000 …

Book Review: Pottery in Motion

I’m asked a variety of juggling history and juggling performance questions on a daily basis. One category of questions that I’ve received quite a number of times revolve around the old-school act of  spinning a number of plates on a rack. If you don’t know what I mean by this, check out the videos below. When asked about the details …

Bob Ripa and Paolo Piletto – Rastelli-Inspired Jugglers

With Enrico Rastelli’s world-wide fame during the 1920s, it’s no wonder that other jugglers would try to emulate his style. Two young jugglers of the time attempted to do just that. Their names were Bob Ripa and Paolo Piletto. Bob Ripa Bob Ripa was a Danish juggler, born Eyvind Hansen in 1913 to juggler parents. By the age of 15, …

Interview with Toto (Luis Niño Villesca)

Luis Niño Villesca, better known as Toto, is a legend in the Latin American juggling world. I (David Cain) have long been a fan of his juggling and was very glad to get the chance to interview him for eJuggle. DC: Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself apart from juggling? Toto: My name is Luis Niño Villesca. …

Jim Harrigan – The Original Tramp Juggler

Jim Harrigan was born James Horrigan in Corry, Pennsylvania in 1866. He was part of a large family, having four brothers and two sisters. He may not have been a great juggler, but he is famous for inventing or popularizing two common elements of a juggling act that have endured ever since. Harrigan began as a typical performing juggler in …

Ask David – August 2020

Welcome to my new column for eJuggle, Ask David. In this column, you can ask me for my opinion, advice, or knowledge about anything juggling-related. The idea for this column comes from Jacob D’Eustachio, who suggested it to me and provided the first question, which you can see below. In case you don’t know me and you’re wondering why you …

Remembering Rudi Schweitzer

We are sad to announce that Rudi Schweitzer, the well-known juggler from Frankfurt, Germany, passed away on June 22nd, 2020. Rudi, who was born on May 7th, 1939, specialized in using a derby hat, top hats, cigar boxes, and three balls. He initially worked as a locksmith before being trained in juggling by his uncle, Albert Schweitzer, who was a …

Eric Zidla – A Career in Photos and Video

Eric Zidla was an Austrian juggler of exceptional technical ability and exuberant stage presence. He was born September 21st, 1926. During World War II, he escaped from the Nazi takeover of Austria and fled to Switzerland with nothing. He found some tennis balls, made sticks from broom handles, and cut rings out of cardboard. With these initial props, he began …

Mixed Prop Variations on 5[21][22]

On of my favorite toss juggling patterns is 5[21][22], which can also be thought of as 7[22]2[21][22]. If those numbers are confusing you, then you don’t know complex siteswap notation. Don’t fear, though, as I certainly didn’t know the siteswap for this pattern when I started to discover these tricks. Instead, I called this pattern the Piggyback Cascade, as one …