Mentions of Jugglers with Torches Before Salerno

(Haz clic aquí para español.) In the article “The history of juggling torches” by juggling historian David Cain, it is written that “the first juggler I know who juggled with torches is Salerno (…) his debut with torches was in 1880…” Cain told me that he was sure there were jugglers who juggled torches before Salerno, but that the information …

The Juggler Accused of Being a Nazi

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Elimar was one of the German jugglers who suffered persecution abroad because of his nationality after World War II. His name was Elimar Clemens Buschmann, and he was born in Germany in 1917. His father was a pastry chef; however, Elimar began juggling at an early age, making his debut at the age of 16 …

Confessions of Paul Cinquevalli

(Haz clic aquí para español.) For many juggling experts and historians, Paul Cinquevalli was the greatest juggler of all time. He was the first superstar of his era. His fame spread so much that the newspapers associated any feat, or any juggler, with the name of Cinquevalli.  His tricks, groundbreaking in the genre, caught the attention of most entertainment businessmen …

Double Diabolo

(Haz clic aquí para español.) It was natural that, due to the diabolo invasion in Europe in the 20th century, that game would go through some new creations or modifications to make it more variable. So, it was. Mr. P. A. Vaile, of New Zealand, invented (believed to be in the early 1900s) the double diabolo. It consisted of two …

Diabolo Accidents in the 20th Century

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The diabolo took over almost all of Europe in the early 1900s. It was common to see hundreds of children, women and men playing diabolo in the streets, in the squares, in the houses, or in the shops. It was so fashionable that several articles were written in which the toy was cursed and asked …

The Juggler Boy Who Killed Nazi Officers

(Haz clic aquí para español.) In the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union (operation known as Barbarossa), there were children who fought at the front with the military; others, in the ranks of urban and rural resistance.  The minimum age for entry into the Soviet Army was 18, with exceptions for men drafted at 17. In the Soviet ranks there …

Christmas Juggling

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Juggler: Antti Pylsy. Merry Christmas, jugglers! I wish you have pleasant holidays! This article is a compilation of juggling themed videos. In this case, Christmas. In the juggling community there is a saying: “You never stop training, not even at Christmas.” On social media there are already videos of people juggling, whether dressed as Santa …

Henrico, Juggler, Collector, Magician, and Snake Lover

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Poster made by Norm Nielsen for Henrico’s 75th birthday. Henrico, the Finnish circus legend, had several professions during his artistic career. He went from being a magician to a juggler. Later, the passion for reptiles grew in him. His name is Björn Gammals and he is from Karjaa, Finland. He was born on November 26, …

The Human Diabolo

(Haz clic aquí para español.) One of the strangest shows in diabolo history is the little-known “Human Diabolo.” The show was made by Miss Renée Furie, at the beginning of the 20th century. It was similar to the human cannonball. Furie got into a giant diabolo, in which she slid down a kind of slide of more than 10 meters …