Lesser Known Juggling Siblings

There have been many siblings who have been professional jugglers.  Some are widely regarded as a duo, such as the Reverhos Brothers (Andre and Gustave), Chiesa Brothers (Sergio and Vinicio), Rudenko Brothers (Igor and George), and the Peiro Brothers (Atillo and Hector).   A recent article of mine (linked here) provided details about the careers of the Juggling Jems – Francine …

Historical Juggling Films – Recent Finds and Remaining Gaps

It’s hard to keep up with all of the new videos of jugglers which are released every day.  Via our cell phones, almost everyone has a video camera with them at all times.  Editing and posting videos is a snap as well.   However, it didn’t used to be that way, of course.  Video film cameras used to be expensive, clunky, …

Juggling On Broadway

In addition to my family, friends, and faith, I have two other primary passions – juggling and theater. I’ve been a Musical Theater Critic for the past 17 years, seeing around sixty musicals a year and writing reviews for Talkin’ Broadway. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I decided to write an article about jugglers on the Broadway …

Bill Dietrich Obituary

  It is with great sadness that we report that long-time juggler and frequent IJA Festival attendee Bill Dietrich passed away on September 19, 2017, following complications from surgery. He was 87 years old. William (Bill) Dietrich was born on March 18, 1930 in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania (USA), and lived most of his life in Erie, PA. Though not a …

Juggling Biographies

For an art form which is as varied and popular as juggling, we’ve had a surprisingly small number of biographies written about (or by) our practitioners.  Still, I suspect that very few of us are aware of all of the options available to us.  Despite the visual nature of juggling, much can be learned from reading about the jugglers covered …

Getting to Know Bob and Trish Evans

Of the many unique juggling couples in our community, Bob and Trish Evans are one of the most interesting!  Their home life, careers outside of juggling, approach to fitness as a primary component of their juggling, and entertaining videos make them a favorite of many jugglers, though others in the juggling world may not be familiar with them. Both Bob …

The Great Knetzger

I’ve found that I am spurred to do historical research on jugglers primarily out of curiosity.  When I see something that is interesting about a long ago juggler that I have never heard of, I want to learn more.  This was the case with I saw the following poster available on an online auction. I didn’t recall ever hearing about …

IJA Conventions / Festivals – Every Ten Years

Happy Birthday IJA – 70 Years Old!  It all started when some jugglers attending the International Brotherhood of Magicians Convention in 1947 in Pittsburgh, PA decided to form an organization specifically for jugglers.  The next summer, the first IJA Convention was held in Jamestown, New York.  38 of the 115 members attended, including three members who are still alive today …

Juggling Jems – Rita and Francine Rose

One of the more unique juggling acts of the 1950s was The Juggling Jems. This duo act consisted of sisters Rita and Francine Rose. Francine was born on July 4, 1940, and her sister Rita followed two years later, born on June 28, 1942. Their mother’s name was Frances Rose and their father was theatrical agent Harry P. “Tex” Rose …