Book Review of “Alex the Great” by Daniel Holzman

As members of the IJA we know Daniel Holzman as one-half of the highly successful juggling team The Raspyni Brothers. We know him as producing great Cascade of Stars shows and an entire week long IJA festival. We know him as the host of the highly informative podcast “Drop Everything.”  In all juggling arenas Daniel exhibits a high level of …

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She’s Pretty Good…For A Girl

Content warning: This article includes references to sexism; and verbal harassment. Clarifying statement: This article was written by a white cisgendered female juggler from the United States. I would like readers to know that the term female/woman/women is extended to anyone who identifies as such. I encourage all reading to read the entire article before making judgments or forming opinions; …

JuggleVision 2020

JUGGLEVISION is a Juggling TV show organised by Lewis Kennedy. This project was a group effort, jugglers from all over the world have contributed to JUGGLEVISION. JUGGLEVISIONs main goals are: To show that the ‘Juggling Community’ is the best community in the world. To entertain or inspire jugglers of all ages and backgrounds. To try and dampen down this make believe …

How to Promote Yourself Without Pawning Your Props

How to Promote Yourself without Pawning your Props by Jacob D’Eustachio and Ross Berenson All freelance jugglers probably know how important it is to have a well-designed website. But what does “well-designed” even mean? When I first graduated circus school in 2011, I didn’t have a clue! I saw accomplished performers with bare bones sites, newbies with flashy sites, and …

The Juggler Who Came in From the Cold

By Jim Ellison The siteswaps were the first clue. U.S. intelligence officials had long suspected that social media sites were mostly ruses for data mining. Many users, exuberant young Americans, simply thought they were having fun by posting short videos. But by using these platforms, were they putting their security at risk? The specific threat was TikTok, a Chinese company …

2020 World Joggling Championships Take Place Online

By Len Ferman SUMMARY: When the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly shut down the sports world in March, Emily Moore, director of the World Joggling Championships (running while juggling) had a back-up plan ready to go. Several months earlier a brainstorming session had developed the idea of an online championships in which competitors submit videos of their performances. The idea was thought …

The Book All Jugglers Need: Aspiring Beginners and Experts Alike

Book review by Will Menarndt Juggling: What It Is and How to Do It is the latest book from Modern Vaudeville Press (release date: August 31, 2020), a company dedicated to “scholarly books about the circus and variety arts.” Written by Thom Wall with chapters by Jay Gilligan, Fritz Grobe, and Benjamin Domask-Ruh, all of whom are renowned international performers. …

Remembering IJA Videographer Henry Benton, 1971-2020

As we virtually celebrated the IJA Festival last month, we honored the memory of Henry Benton, who typically spent most of the fest behind a camera lens. Henry passed away on March 14th in Florida after battling a non-smoker’s type of lung cancer, diagnosed last July. Many jugglers remember Henry’s presence as an official IJA videographer, a job he took …

Who was the first five club juggler?

by Charlie Holland James DeWitt Cook is believed to be the first three club juggler, with print references dating back to 1878, but who was the first to master five and when? To try to answer this I went beyond accounts published in later years by also searching sources from the era. I trawled Newspapers.Com, the Illinois collection, the Internet …