Maya Rubtsova

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Maya Rubtsova in the circus boulevard. 1968. Maya Rubtsova was, at the time, one of the best jugglers of the USSR. Her real name is Maina Rubtsova Kostyuk. She was born on May 1, 1940. According to her birth certificate, she was born in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan; but in reality her origin might …

Albert Petrovsky

11 Rings. (Haz clic aquí para español.) Albert Petrovsky was an extraordinary juggler, pioneer in many tricks, who held a world record that by the time of the 60s seemed impossible to imagine. Alik, as his friends called him, was a complete artist, who mastered rings and clubs with an enviable and inspiring technique. Many knew who he was, but …

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The Veko’s

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The Veko’s was a group of jugglers from the Netherlands. They started as an artist duo consisting of Jan Van der Veken, known as “John Vekos,” and his wife, Jeanne Van der Veken. As a child, Jan Van der Veken was very restless. He did acrobatics and could stand on his hands. He was a …

Juggling for the dictator

(Haz clic aquí para español.) After the end of World War I, many jugglers had to leave their place of residence to seek better opportunities. The circus was injured, and went through a restructuring process. In 1919, Russia nationalized the circus and the vast majority of artists fled the country. Other circuses were looking for innovative shows for their tours. …

Some pictures of the Five Aberts

(Haz clic aquí para español.) After reading the wonderful article by David Cain about the Soviet juggler Edward Abert, founder of the Soviet group called Five Aberts, I wanted to publish some photographs about the artistic journey of the Albert family. The photos show Edward Abert when he was young; to his brother, Igor Abert; To his father, Boris Abert; …

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Albert Rebla

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Albert Rebla was a British comedy juggler. His real name was Albert James Stevens. He was born in 1880, in Highbury, London. His stage name was Rebla (Albert upside down without putting the letter T at the end). He began his artistic career when his teacher, Maxime Agoust, invited him to be part of the …

Interview with Esteban Almonacid

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Adolfo Esteban Almonacid Cárdenas is a juggler from Puerto Montt, Chile. He is little known in the international community of jugglers. Some of his videos became popular thanks to other jugglers sharing them in the renowned JugglingRock group. Almonacid has been able to set and break incredible world records, for example: 7-ball world record (16min …

Incredible acts performed by monkeys

(Haz clic aquí para español.) It is curious to see a monkey assisting a juggler, but it is more surprising to see a monkey do acts that only people with a lot of training can do. Throughout the history of the circus, we have seen incredible acts performed by animals, from stunts to balances. What you will see is something …

Jugglers in the First World War – Part II

(Haz clic aquí para español.) This second part of Jugglers in World War I has several names of jugglers that I had previously never heard of. As I wrote before, there is no detailed information about each one’s life. In many cases, there is no photographic record; we know of them only from brief mentions in newspapers of the time, …