Video Fun with Multiplexing and Juggling While Hula Hooping

Sometimes, it’s fun just to share some videos that you’ve been impressed by over recent months.   This month, my article focuses on some videos demonstrating some outstanding accomplishments in two areas – multiplexing and juggling while hula hooping. Multiplexing Back in March 2016, Hans Nickmans wrote an excellent eJuggle article on multiplexing which can be found here. In his article, Nickmans …

IJA FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS – Who Are Those People Helping Every Year at the IJA Fest?

As I prepare to attend yet another IJA Festival / Convention at the end of the month, I think it’s appropriate to think about those wonderful people who make such an event run smoothly.  The IJA Festival is a carefully planned and executed week, much more so than most similar get-togethers elsewhere.  And, most of those people who do the planning …

Jugglers – Where Are They Now? – Volume 3

This is the third installment in a series where I try to provide updates on jugglers who were once in spotlight, either via the IJA conventions, performances, or otherwise, but who aren’t so much anymore.  As I did in the first two of these articles, which can be found here and here, I hope that reading this either reminds you of …

Collecting Juggling Memorabilia – Souvenir Programs

There are a number of people, like my brother David Cain, who are into collecting juggling related memorabilia in a big way. David is one of a dozen or so collectors who have roomfuls of vintage props (many belonging to juggling icons of the past), photographs (many autographed), books, magazines, and costumes that chronicle the history of our art form …

The Tennis Trio

Sometimes, doing research on a juggler or jugglers from long ago is just a matter of filling in the gaps.  Other times, it’s much more complicated, like putting together an oddly shaped jigsaw puzzle with no final version to guide you.   Add in the obstacles of pseudonyms, stage names, and performance groups with ever changing members, and you have an …

Willy Colombaioni – For The Record

I must admit that until early 2015, I was not familiar with Willy Colombaioni, even though he’s been a professional juggler for a number of years. Like many readers, it wasn’t until he started posting videos of several new juggling records that I took proper notice. Willy’s accomplishments gained him a large amount of fame in the juggling world in …

Juggling Coaches

As with many life skills, juggling can be learned by yourself if necessary, but it often helps to have a coach, mentor, teacher, or trainer.  These people can apply their knowledge, experience, and lessons learned to their student to increase or expedite success and improvement.  Coaches can help to identify strengths and weaknesses, teach specific technical skills, and help create …

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Juggling Masters – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

With Luke Burrage having recently finished conducting and compiling his annual Top 40 Jugglers list (see video below), it got me thinking about jugglers from the past and who would make such an “all-time version” of the list. I spoke with my brother, noted juggling historian David Cain, and we came up with a list of jugglers from the past …

Juggling in Fashion – The Changing Attire of Performers and Juggling Festival Attendees

Juggling is such a visual art, and we usually focus on the props and the manipulation of those as an audience. However, the attire of the juggler themselves can also be quite reflective of the theme, performance style, or current fashions of the time period as well. Though it can’t ever be said that I personally was the most fashionable …