Juggling In Historical Life and Death Situations

Juggling is considered by many to be a difficult skill to learn. Juggling on a stage in front of a paying audience puts even more pressure on a juggler. But there have been examples throughout time of individuals who chose to juggle under dangerous circumstances in the hopes of that doing so would be advantageous. Let’s look at some of …

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

(Haz clic aquí para español.) November 25 is the commemorative day against violence against women. This scourge has increased in recent years, according to United Nations UN Women reports. This organization estimates that two out of every three women have suffered some type of violence or know someone who suffered it during the pandemic. Although many countries have carried out …

IJA Tricks of the Month by Jorge Petit from Chile | Juggling balls

Born and raised in Santiago de Chile, I started juggling in 2002 for fun. After meeting a lot of amazing jugglers, festivals and artists around the world, I decided to move to Quebec City, Canada in 2011 where I attended the Circus School for two years. Since then I have been working professionally in different festivals, street shows, events and …

Big Apple Circus 2021

BAC is back, with new acts, a never before seen line-up and a new administrator and owner. Seventh generation circus legend Nik Wallenda is not only the finale performer, but he’s the new owner as well. There are nine multinational acts including a bounce juggler and a Risley act, plus Johnny Rocket as skill clown between acts. Elli Haber starts …

Object Episodes 10

Object Episodes is an ongoing discussion between Jay Gilligan and Erik Åberg about the past, present, and future of juggling. These recordings are evidence of one long form dialogue which took place during 24 consecutive hours, split into two sessions. Each episode brings a new chapter to the conversation. Juggling is examined as a community, culture, art form, activity, concept, …

IJA Tricks of the Month by Taylor Glenn from USA | Juggling balls

Hey friends, I’m Taylor Glenn, and I’m from the United States. I’ve been juggling on and off for about 15 years. Despite years when I didn’t juggle much, I always seem to fall back in love with juggling and the community surrounding it. My favorite way to juggle is to break down technique and teach it in my tutorials and …

Juggling Kids – Part 2

(Haz clic aquí para español.) In the first part of the “Juggling Kids” series (you can read it here) I talked about the story of Jim and Val. Now, we will see the incredible process of four juggler girls who, without a doubt, will contribute significantly to the future of juggling and the circus. The Fiery Jack family Gordon Jack, …

Mikhail and Ksenia Pashchenko – Russian Juggling Pioneers

When important early Russian jugglers are mentioned, usually the names Massimiliano Truzzi and Alexander Kiss come to mind. However, there were Russian juggling stars before them, most importantly the husband and wife duo of Mikhail and Ksenia (Xenia) Pashchenko. Not much is known about the Pashchenkos’ background or life. It is known that Mikhail Pashchenko was born in 1854 and …