Extraordinary Juggling

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The first known person to juggle billiard balls was Paul Cinquevalli. Over time, other jugglers replicated this and other exercises of Paul’s with billiard balls and cues.  Paul Cinquevalli. The Sydney newspaper, The World’s News, published an article on March 15, 1902 titled “Juggling Extraordinary,” where a juggler challenged readers to perform his tricks with …

Interview with Kohei Take

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Kohei Take. Photo: Shun Onozawa. Kohei is a benchmark of painball technique worldwide. In addition to his modern style, which combines numbers and tricks, he can also juggle 10 balls. His show, “Chaos & Cosmos,” shows an incredible execution of juggling patterns. Esteban Velez: Tell us about yourself. Kohei Take: I was born in October …

Virkaus, the King of Rings

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The Soviet circus showed us really unimaginative tricks. Jugglers, acrobats, gymnasts, balancers, etc., reached the border of the limit in each presentation they made. If you want to be amazed one day, check out the movies of the Soviet circus.  One of those who attracted the attention of the Soviet circus world was the Latvian …

Juggling in the Patriotic War

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Caricature of a juggler in the patriotic war. At the end of World War II, on May 8 and 9, 1945, Germany signed the surrender of the axis powers: on the one hand, before the allies, commanded by the American general Dwight D. Eisenhower; on the other, against the Soviet Army, in charge of General …

Article Written by Michael Kara

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Image from the Hermann Sagemüller collection. Michael Kara was undoubtedly one of the most important jugglers of the 20th century. His act of Gentleman Juggler (creator of that genre) presented him in the main theaters of the world. His real name was Michael Steiner. He was born on January 31, 1867, in Nuremberg, Germany. He …

Photo Collection of Sigmund and Vita Černiauskas

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The Černiauskas duo, from Lithuania, had great admiration within the Soviet circus. They combined juggling, acrobatics, and balancing, where they excelled in all three disciplines. Likewise, they were so constant and dedicated in their work that they became an example to follow for circus artists. In a chat with a reporter from the Soviet Circus …

Diabolo Deaths

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Diabolo cartoon, 1908. In the first part of this series I showed some accidents that occurred in 20th century Europe due to the bad practice of the diabolo. Now, I will show the deaths by diabolo. The police in France had to restrict the practice of diabolo due to reports of accidents and deaths. It …

Diabolo and Health in the 20th Century

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Picture of a diabolo contest in France, 1908. In an article dated December 14, 1907, published by The Grenfell Record and Lachlan District Advertiser, but originally from the Daily Mail, and replicated by other written media, a doctor explains the benefits of diabolo for children and adolescents, who are in the stage of osteomuscular growth. …

One of the First Records of Joggling

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Joggling is understood as running, jogging and/or walking while juggling. The most used object for the practice of this sport is the ball. However, there are others who do it with clubs.  At IJA festivals there are events for jogglers, where world records are set or broken. You can read my article on the history …