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 …

Digital Workshops in the Time of COVID

by Scott Steiskal, IJA Board member and Online Festival Workshop Director Since COVID-19 hit, mathematicians and yoga instructors have reverted to teaching their craft online. The grand power of the internet gives jugglers the ability to stay connected and share skills with each other. We can now spread juggling in new and exciting ways. The IJA festival is happening online …

Review of Games for Circus Educators

At Night Owl Circus Arts in Johnson City, TN, Games for Circus Educators has been an invaluable resource. AcroYoga is one of our more popular classes for adults, and we have found that so many of the games listed in Circus Games have integrated well into this class. We’ve been skipping around randomly for about 2 months now, and have …

The IJA Sammie Vance Youth Civic Achievement Award

Tis the season of giving and the IJA teaming up with Sammie Vance and her Buddy Bench project have done just that! A buddy bench now sits at the Boys and Girls Club Fort Wayne, IN that was made possible through teamwork and friendship! This buddy bench is made out of 200 lbs of recycled plastic bottle caps and lids. …