Billie Henderson obituary

(Haz clic aquí para español.) I deeply regret the death of Billie Lou Henderson on June 12, 2020. I had conversations with her for a couple of months. I wrote, thanks to her, an article about her family (can read it here). My dialogues with Billie were interrupted by various situations: the difference in country timezones, her age at the …

Surviving Ethnocide by Juggling

Photo: Jesús García. (Haz clic aquí para español.) This is the case of the Tzotziles indigenous community in the north state of Chiapas, Mexico, who dropped their customs in order to survive by juggling at the traffic lights in the capital. Since 2006, drug trafficking and paramilitary groups have taken control in many states in Mexico. They have oppressed many …

Pioneers of the diabolo in Russia

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Although the diabolo was invented in China more than 2,000 years ago during the Han dynasty, it became known in Europe in the 17th century thanks to an expedition of missionaries. Its popularity began in 1810, and by 1910 it was a toy used in high society. The commercialization and use of diabolo decreased considerably …

Ruth Carlsson

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Ruth Carlsson Wollbruck was a juggler and film actress in Hollywood. She was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1919. As a child, she was always very active; she liked to learn performing and visual arts. She painted watercolors with needlepoint embroidery, and created fashionable dresses. Ruth married Carl Carlsson, a juggler who starred in the …

Juggler burned alive at a traffic light

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Líber Maidana was a street juggler born in Uruguay. He was 28 years old. He traveled around the world juggling at traffic lights or in public squares. He was also an artist in several ways: he built beautiful works of crafts, participated in theater plays, painted, and he drew whatever idea came to mind. A …

Forest fire with fireballs

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Juggling accidents are very common. I think that all jugglers have suffered some kind of injury with juggling. David Cain, in his article called “Juggling Related Injuries and Deaths,” reveals some of the craziest and most unimaginable accidents in juggling. Cases like that of juggler Paul Stephens who suffered second-degree burns from catching a burning …

COVID and juggling

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The current situation in the world has changed the way of training and exposure of many disciplines. Juggling was no exception to the threat of the virus and the chaos of the pandemic. How has the virus has changed the way of seeing the juggling? How has the level of jugglers changed during the quarantine? …

Amazing tricks on unicycles

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Since the unicycle ventured into the circus and juggling, the creativity of the artists has been impressive. So much so, that they have taken the unicycle’s capacity to high levels: unicycle with more than two wheels (vertically), unicycles 4 meters high… The innovation of the tightrope walker and juggler produced totally incredible performances. If just …

Old juggler on the streets of Venezuela

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Jose Bestilleiro. Photo: Caraota Digital. Jose Bestilleiro Calviño is an 85-year-old Galician, who for more than 15 years has dedicated his time to entertaining people who transit through Urdaneta Avenue, located by La Candelaria square, in Caracas, Venezuela. His work is recognized with coins, bills, food, clothing, and so on, which people give him in …