Jugglers in the First World War – Part I

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Juggler entertaining the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps on the British West Front in France. Photo: David McLellan. The First World War brought with it a great tragedy for the circus arts of the time. The owners of the circuses were severely affected. Many of them had to leave everything to enlist in the ranks of …

“New” Bobby May Video and Props

Bobby May is one of the most famous jugglers of all time and deserves such acclaim. At the 2019 IJA Festival, a newly discovered film of Bobby was shown while votes were being counted during the Juggling Film Festival. The film is from a TV show Bobby did with singer Caterina Valente, recorded in Zurich, Switzerland in March 1966. It …

Dream Tricks Challenge # 5 – The Tricks

It’s been almost two years since the last Dream Tricks Challenge, but the wait is over. Most jugglers have probably dreamed of doing or at least seeing certain juggling tricks that have never been accomplished before. Likewise, there are tricks that have been accomplished, but not on video that the public can see. Below are 12 tricks of which I …

IJA Tricks of the Month by Jesse Patterson from USA / Hula Hoop

Jesse Patterson is originally from Dallas, Texas. She’s trained traditional hula hoops at a circus school in her hometown from the age of 12. At 19, she moved away from home to attend the National Centre for Circus Arts in London, UK. That summer she attended her first IJA Festival in El Paso. She immediately fell in love with hoop …

IJA Ring Juggling Tutorial – 4 Ring Stacked Kickup – Zak McAllistor – Patreon Sponsored

Fresh off of his Individuals and Teams wins at this year’s IJA, Zak McAllistor teaches you ring kickups! For more of his juggling, check out: Instagram: @zakmcallister Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user74087344 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-EDWavrHoh1tKWXYfRyTrA This video was made possible by the generous donors who have given to the IJA through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ijajugglers

“Burning Out”

When training with other jugglers, whether it be at a festival or a local juggling club, I am often warned in a joking manner not to “burn out.” The first few times that this was said to me I took it lightly and did not think much of it. Yet, the frequency with which this comment was made eventually got …

Troba and Capt. Henry Smith – A Photo Album of Strongman Jugglers

Karl Rappo is often considered the first strongman juggler, beginning his performing career around 1825.  Many other heavyweight jugglers followed. You can click here to read about Paul Conchas and here to read about Paul Spadoni. These two famed heavyweight jugglers even had a public feud, which you can read about by clicking here. In this article, we will examine …

Tricks for Trips! – Security Edition

Tips and tricks for jugglers navigating the globe. In this article series, “Tricks for Trips,” I will show you how to travel smart with all of the tricks and lessons I’ve learned from traveling dumb. In this first edition, we’ll take a look at tips for going through airport security. This article is based around many US airport security guidelines …