Jugglers in the First World War – Part I

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Juggler entertaining the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps on the British West Front in France. Photo: David McLellan. The First World War brought with it a great tragedy for the circus arts of the time. The owners of the circuses were severely affected. Many of them had to leave everything to enlist in the ranks of …

Bogdan Samarov

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The best jugglers in history share a determining aspect in their career as artists: the learning of juggling at an early age. Jugglers like Anthony Gatto, Enrico Rastelli, Steve Bor, among others, learned this wonderful art thanks to family members who taught them as children. This not only happens in juggling, but also in disciplines …

Maritza Alegría

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Maritza Hernández Alegría is a juggler from México. She is the niece of the renowned juggler Octavio Alegría. She was born on July 27, 1988 and studied high school in the circus where she worked with her parents. This was possible thanks to the Mexican government for assigning teachers to young people who work in …

La Real Esa Obituary

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The community of jugglers of South America lost one of its greatest stars: Francy Katherine Suavita Niño, known as “Katty,” or “La Real Esa.” She was born on September 24, 1985, in Bogotá, Colombia. Since she was a child, she became interested in riding a bicycle, learning to play musical instruments, learning juggling, theater, and …

Juggling in Africa, part 2

(Haz clic aquí para español.) This is the second part of the Juggling in Africa series. I recently wrote the first part, which you can read by clicking here. Many jugglers have been amazed by these investigations, so I decided to make several parts. Have you ever wondered how the poorest and most neglected countries in the world can be …

Juggling in Africa – Part 1

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Rwanda Le Cirque Du Soleil is a social project that teaches the basic techniques of juggling and acrobatics to the children and adolescents of Rwanda. This project works mainly with young people from the village of Kabagendwa, located in the district of Kicukiro, in the city of Kigali. It was created by Mitsinto Viateur. Mitsinto …

Abhoy Mitra

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Abhoy Mitra is the most famous juggler in India. When you talk about the circus art of India, the first thing you will hear is the name of Abhoy Mitra. A juggler who loves his art, and will not leave it until death says otherwise. Abhoy Mitra was born in a village in the city …

Dr. Kate Riegle Van West

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Kate Riegle van West was born in Normal, Illinois in 1986. From a young age she gravitated toward climbing on things/hanging upside down/causing general panic for her parents. At age 7 she joined a youth circus program at her school, and immediately knew the circus was her home. Yes, Kate grew up in a place …

Interview with Svetlana Zueva

Svetlana Zueva

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Svetlana Zueva is an extraordinary juggler. She was born on October 11, 1985, in Moscow, Russia. She is one of the few female jugglers who can juggle 7 clubs. If you watch her videos, you will notice her wonderful technique and amazing tricks, with clean movements, and very few errors. She performed in Cirque du Soleil, …