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. …

Jugglevision – Episode 4

Presented by 2 Legends: Zak McAllister and Stephen Doutt Documentary on Tom Whitfield Felix Sürbe plays the Zomble game Highlights from EJC 2019, @everyone Zé Lima and Pedro Gouveia play the ‘Chicken Willy Game’ 2 box tutorials by Mike Moore and Lou Duncan Over 100 different Tricks Law breaking farts!!!  

MR DISCO by Zak McAllister

MR DISCO is a 36 minute juggling project made by Zak McAllister. It includes ring contortion, club hopscotch, Rollercoaster Tycoon 2, “the oven routine,” tape-measures, cups, and over 150 new tricks and sequences! 6 years ago Zak created a Youtube account and entered the online juggling community for the first time. In those years he’s created a number of juggling …