Frank Bale – the Bognor Clown

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Frank Bale. Photo: Karen Nesbitt. The clown Frank Bale was part of the Royal Zanettos family of English artists, who made dozens of tours in Europe and the United States. They were known for performing in Japanese makeup and costumes. Royal Zanettos was made up of three brothers: George, the eldest; William, the second oldest; …

Claudia Alba – Juggler and Strong Woman

(Haz clic aquí para español.) When you read or research about power juggling, or strongman juggling, it is generally men who perform that type of technique. However, throughout history, it has been found that there was female participation in the juggling of heavy objects. On this occasion, we will see how little information there is about Claudia Alba, power juggler. …

The Resurrection of Traditional Myanmar Juggling

(Haz clic aquí para español.) “We cannot play when we are afraid, nervous or angry (…) Our mind has to be clear as crystal.” Ohn Myint   As documented in the article Juggling in Myanmar, the art of manipulating objects, especially balls, in Myanmar, originated in the late 19th century. Itinerant jugglers showed their acts in the streets, in circuses, …

Two Records of Juggling in the Middle Ages

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Minstrels in the Middle Ages (which ranged from the fall of the Roman Empire (in the year 476) to the discovery of America (1492) or the fall of Constantinople (1453, according to several historians) were complete artists: they did juggling, magic, singing, playing instruments, performing comedy acts, among other tasks. Some worked entertaining the monarchy, …

Emma Cotrely: the Best Juggler in Europe

(Haz clic aquí para español.) There were newspapers that titled Emma Cotrely as “the best juggler in Europe;” others, like “the best and most important United States.” According to those same newspapers, Emma was very popular; She toured Europe in the company of, apparently, her husband Antonio Van Gofre. However, not much information is available about her life. I also …

Diabolo and Royalty

(Haz clic aquí para español.) As I have written, diabolo invaded all social and political spheres of Europe in the 20th century. Its history is truly amazing and invites a deeper study of its expansion and popularity. It can be said that no object in the history of circus and juggling had as much significance in society as the diabolo. …

Violetta Kiss: Acrobat, Juggler, Antipodist, Teacher and Circus Director

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The director must die in the actor; This law is inherent not only to the theater. A circus director is even more hidden from the viewer than a theater director. Susanna kurzyamova Violetta Kiss is the sister of renowned juggler Alexander Kiss. The siblings performed together for a long time, until Violetta’s retirement. The duo’s …

The Dance of the Diabolo

(Haz clic aquí para español.) As publicity for his new invention, the modern diabolo, Gustave Phillipart, a Belgian engineer who lived in France, contacted several entertainment entrepreneurs, who accepted and adapted the diabolo to the seasons of their theaters. Gustave wanted to revive the practice of this toy just as it happened in the first boom of the diabolo in …

Annette Kellerman: Swimmer, Actress, Artist and Diaboloist

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Annette is considered one of the best female swimmers in history. She went on to obtain all the women’s world records in 1905, which stood for many years. Additionally, she was an aquatic and vaudeville performer, film actress, women’s sports activist, and writer. Her presence in public and on the screen brought her hundreds of …