Antonio Platas – The Spanish Tennis Racket Juggler

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Antonio Platas was, without a doubt, one of the most recognized and talented Spanish jugglers. His influence on Spanish juggling was so great that his fame spread throughout Europe. He was an extraordinarily skilled, multi-talented artist and world record holder. Although he died in relative obscurity, his family, friends, and followers continue to remember him. …

Morlé – Juggler of the Heights

Morlé. Photo: Jenny Jeager Jongleuse. (Haz clic aquí para español.) Morlé was one of the best jugglers in Germany. His story is little known, though he was just as talented as Rudy Horn. The two unicycle jugglers met in 2013; they both admired each other, although Morlé’s fame was not like that of his colleague. His motto was: “Higher, higher, …

Rogana – The Baroness of Balance

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Her real name was Dora Rogge. She was born in Germany in October 1933 and she was a fifth generation circus performer. Her grandmother, Leopoldine Lange, was an aerial acrobat, and her cousins were tightrope walkers, The Mascotts. At the age of three, Rogana began juggling balls; when she was six she joined the act …

Jugglers Spies?

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Espionage tries to obtain exclusive and valuable information through stealth, infiltration, and other means, from a specific target. The performing arts have been used as a facade for espionage. For example, Mata Hari (1876-1917), a dancer and courtesan from the Netherlands was a Dutch spy who through her work obtained key data in favor of …

Joëlle Huguenin, from the WJF to Africa

(Haz clic aquí para español.) One of the best female jugglers in the world fulfilled her dream: to travel the largest number of African countries by bicycle and to teach juggling to the community. The innocent smile of a child can change a world, and to Joëlle, every joy she gave transformed her vision of humanity. Joëlle Huguenin is a …

Cassim and Abdallah Mahomet – Indian Jugglers Murderers?

(Haz clic aquí para español.) In the 19th century, many artists from India who came to Australia were mistreated by their managers. They abused these immigrants, exploiting them for work. These immigrants lived in precarious conditions. Because of this, several contracted serious illnesses. A large percentage of them did not know the English language, which made it difficult to demand …

Pierre Bel – The Continental Juggler

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Although Pierre was once an internationally known artist, few people today know about him. His fame started when he created a solo juggling show. His incredible talent gave him contracts in many countries. On those tours he got to know a particular sport, which gave him more recognition. Pierre Bel was born in Marseille, France, …

Felipe Ossa Obituary – Professional Slackliner

Felipe Ossa on the rope. Photo: Facebook. (Haz clic aquí para español.) The international slackline community and the Colombian juggling community are in mourning. Felipe “Chimi” Ossa, one of the best slackliners in Colombia, passed away. His death occurred after accidentally falling from a height of 20 meters while practicing. Andrés Felipe Ossa was from the city of Medellín, Colombia. …

Juggling During Wartime in Nicaragua – Jugglers for Peace

  (Haz clic aquí para español.) Jugglers For Peace, tour 1988. Photo: Graham Ellis. Days after the assassination of juggler and engineer Benjamin Linder by soldiers from Los Contra (you can read my article about him here), more artists arrived in Nicaragua. It was the Jugglers For Peace group. They landed in Managua in 1987, ready to tour the cities …