2012 Juggling Year in Review

  Another year has come and gone. The world did not come to an end, but there was plenty of activity going on in the juggling world. Records were broken, festivals took place, and like every year, some individuals picked up their first set of props and discovered juggling for the very first time. Let’s take a look back at …

IRC Brazil Trailer

On November 14, 2012, the national Brazilian juggling and circus convention hosted the first ever IJA Regional Competition (IRC) in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Jugglers from Brazil, Chile, and Peru showed up to compete for the title of IRC Champion. On January 2, 2013, a 45 minute video of the full competition will be released to IJA members through eJuggle. Become …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: More Corporate Comedy

In my previous column I gave you a method to write inside jokes for corporate clients. I focused on corporate after dinner shows. The steps I suggested were: Ask your client and the attendees lots of questions to try to find inside information. It doesn’t have to be secret information, just information they all share and that will surprise them …

A Message from the Chair, November 2012

The past month has been a slower month than usual, so I don’t have as much to report. But it is always good to keep in touch, and update you on what we can. Festival planning for this summer’s festival in Bowling Green continues onward. While Kim Laird is working tirelessly already on tidying up details, she has also brought …

Creating a Juggling Combination Trick

Combination tricks are among the most difficult tricks in the world of juggling. The act of taking unrelated skills of juggling and manipulation and merging them into one trick is quite old, dating back at least as far as the Middle Ages. By far the most famous combination trick is the Brunn Finish, popularized by Francis Brunn. The basic idea …

Brad Weston’s Stagecraft: Costumer

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This column explores different art-forms and the creatives who work in them. We look at how choreographers approach their work, what an improviser needs in his tool kit to do well, and how a painter sees the world. In each case I will apply the techniques of each specific art-form to juggling and demonstrate ways in which we can apply the creativity of other disciplines to our own.

To call Cookie Gluck a costumer may be a little bit misleading. Her work has transcended that title. She has become a highly sought after designer of mascot costumes for sports franchises like the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Lions, and the Boston Celtics. In addition to that, she has created corporate mascots for products ranging from pharmaceuticals to cell phones. Personally, I have spent a lot of time animating her creations from the inside, both as Benny the Bull and as a giant stomach at trade shows for the drug Prevacid. Cookie is a prolific creator and I was grateful for her clearing a part of her schedule to make time for the interview that follows.

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The Historical Juggling Props Museum

Part 1: Getting Started It all started with an email from Alan Howard. He remembered that I had said something years before about wanting to get a Van Wyck juggling club if one ever came available. Edward Van Wyck was the first maker of retail juggling clubs, starting in 1895. His workshop in Cincinnati, Ohio is about thirty minutes from …