Joe Cook – One of the Most Successful of the Vaudeville Scene

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Only next to jugglers like W.C. Fields and Fred Allen can the name of Joe Cook stand. His scattered talent in different disciplines led him to become one of the highest paid artists and one of the most recognized in the United States in the 20th century. Cook could do, among other things: sing, dance, …

World Juggling Day 2022 – Latin America

(Haz clic aquí para español.) As is tradition in this great community, World Juggling Day is celebrated on the Saturday closest to the date of the commemoration of the founding of the International Jugglers Association (IJA), which was June 17, 1947. The foundation of the IJA association began at the convention of the Brotherhood of Magicians in Pennsylvania, in June …

The Girard Family

(Haz clic aquí para español.) (日本語はこちら) History has many things to tell us, but also much to hide from us. On many occasions, researching a juggler, or a group is so difficult that only a couple of names can be found. Sometimes artists leave no trace; it seems that they did not want their lives to be known in this …

The Almiros

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The Almiro. Photos: variety arts enterprises. The group of jugglers and acrobats, The Almiros, consisted of Albert and Mina Sahlström. The name of the duo changed several times during their 40-year artistic career. In lateryears, they added a new member, so they called themselves The Almiro Trio. Albert Sahlström was born in Denmark on May …

Jugglers with Physical Disabilities at Traffic Lights

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Inspired by David Cain’s article, which deals with jugglers who have some physical disability, I began to investigate, along the same lines, artists at traffic lights in Latin America. I found several who wanted to be in the article. I hope to get a second part. Pipo Abraham Mauricio Almaraz Hernández was born in Tequisquiapan, …

Zirka – Ukrainian Solidarity Circus

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Zirka’s presentations at Terra Botánica ended on June 5. However, the displaced, the wounded, the dead and the missing in Ukraine continue to rise. How to explain to the world, in one hour, the terrible consequences of the war in Ukraine with the art of the circus? An answer to the previous question would be …

Art and Juggling for Ukrainian Children

(Haz clic aquí para español.) (日本語はこちら) Since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, more than 6.5 million people, including men, women, boys, and girls, have left Ukraine to take refuge in European countries such as Poland, Romania, Slovakia, among others, according to data from the international organization for migrations, associated with the UN. According to UNICEF, since February 24, 2022, …

One of the Strangest Shows in the History of Juggling

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Martin Laurello was known as “The man with the rotating head” or “The owl man,” because he could turn his head 180 degrees: his nose was aligned with his spine. That peculiarity brought him contracts with different circus companies. Let’s see a little about his history. Martin Emmerling was born in Nuremberg, Germany, on May …

The Tossing Testros

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The juggling pair The Tossing Testros had one of the best shows of the first decade of the 20th century in Australia, and one of its members was considered “the best Australian juggler ever produced.” This was stated by the Truth newspaper, in its edition of Saturday, March 25, 1916. The Tossing Testros was a …