My 300th eJuggle Article: A Look Back

In August of 2012, I wrote my first article for eJuggle, the IJA’s online magazine. I had written an article that appeared in the last issue of Juggle Magazine, the IJA’s paper magazine that preceded eJuggle, so I thought I’d try writing a few more articles. I never imagined that six and a half years later, I would see my …

Zak McAllister Interview

Zak McAllister is certainly one of the brightest stars in the juggling community at the moment. At the 2019 IJA Festival, he won the Individuals Stage Championships, the Teams Stage Championships (with Delaney Bayles), the People’s Choice Award, Numbers Ring Passing (with Delaney Bayles), X-Juggling 4-5 Balls, X-Juggling 4-5 Rings, one of the Game Show Night competitions, and Huggling (with …

Félicien Trewey – Juggler and Man of Many Talents

  Félicien Trewey was born Félicien-François Trevey on May 23,  1848. He was a French variety artist who worked as a juggler, magician, mime, tightrope walker, musician, comedian, balancing artist, chapeaugraphist, and shadowgraphist. Trewey was also an amazing card thrower, a lightning sketch artist, and could write backwards and upside down. Trewey’s father was a machinist and wanted his son …

Toss Juggling While Jumping Rope

Many jugglers jump a rope while bouncing a ball on their head. This has been a standard trick for a long time. Probably the best juggler at this skill at the present time is Paul Ponce, who includes variations such as shoulder bounces and cross armed rope work. You can see examples of these near the beginning of the following …

The Origins and History of Cigar Box Juggling

I have written about the origins of many types of juggling and continue to do research on various juggling genres. Several of my recent subjects have crossed paths regarding early cigar box juggling and similar skills, so I thought I would collect some of these findings and do some further research about juggling with cigar boxes. So, let’s take a …

The Villams

The Villams were a juggling troupe formed at the Hungarian State Circus School in Budapest. They graduated in 1956 after five years of training. The act consisted of Janos Csikasz, his wife, Ilona, her brother, Erwin Steiner, Laszlo Barkoci, and Jeno Kovacs. The team performed various acrobatics while expertly passing clubs and were most famous for their three person high …

The Whip Balance Trick

As I read old juggling books and look at early juggling catalogs, there are tricks that show up time and time again. One genre of these tricks involve balancing a stiff whip, which always has either a spinning plate or a lamp at the upright handle end. The cracking end of the whip is always bent and is balanced either …

More Juggling Statues and Sculptures

As I stated in the previous article on juggling statues and sculptures, juggling can be difficult to portray in sculpture, as the props obviously must be connected to the juggler in some manner. Nevertheless, jugglers and juggling have been a popular subject of sculptures for a long time. Let’s take a look at some more public statues as well as …

Joe Taylor Obituary

(Author’s note: Much thanks to Scott Cain for the use of a great deal of the research and writing on Joe Taylor that he had previously done.) We are sad to announce that the first person of color to join the IJA, Joe Taylor, passed away on December 20th, 2019. Joe had a successful career as a performer in the …