The Pastels: Amateurs Triumphant

The four guys who won the Teams Competition at the 2013 IJA festival are not really jugglers. That seems a harsh thing to say about a team, the Pastels, dressed in pastels, who blew away the audience with an intricate, energetic club passing routine covering all of the stage and including complex four-person patterns and some acrobatics, passing from atop …

Kyle Driggs, Individuals Champion: from Local Philly Phenom to the International Stage

The winning act in the 2013 IJA Individuals Championships looked foreign: New Age music; ethereal, plain background; slow, perfect choreography, and for props, only rings and an umbrella. But the winner was 22-year-old Philadelphia local boy Kyle Driggs, a product of the juggling hotbed that the City of Brotherly Love and the Philly Fest have become. But the foreign exoticism …

Kellin Quinn’s Surreal Championship

What 15-year-old juggler would open his attempt to win the IJA Juniors title disguised as Rene Magritte’s painting, The Son Of Man? (You remember: the one of a guy in an overcoat, red tie and bowler hat, his face blocked by a large green apple hovering in mid-air.) When the curtain opened on Kellin Quinn at the 2012 IJA festival, …

Juggling with the Lights Out – and Winning

Their names are Daniel Ledel and Dominik Harant, both 18 years old, Austrian, and they won the IJA Team championship this year with an astonishing display of club juggling, mostly done in the dark. “It’s just a little bit harder to juggle in the dark,” said Daniel, modestly. “We use glow clubs from Aerotech. Because they are heavier, they are …