The 2013 IJA Festival Review

The 66th annual International Jugglers’ Association Festival took place from July 15th-21st, 2013.  The event featured everything from busking, vaudeville, stage championships, a cascade of stars, and juggling 27/7 in two spacious gymnasia at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. This year marked the return of the IJA to a collegiate setting, and brought together jugglers from all …

Tricks of the month August by Conejo Lunar

En este mes Jorge y Jafet trabajaron secuencias rápidas con rebotes y equilibrios en espalda, codos, cara y brazos. Tambien hay un pase en alimentador de 12 clavas en ultimates y un passing prechac con Chema Esperamos que lo disfruten. This month Jorge and Jafet worked in fast sequences with bounces and balance in the back, elbows, face and arms. …

The Show Must Go On: Anecdotes of Mid-Show Mishaps – Part 1

“The show must go on” is an old show business adage that originated in the circus. It still applies today for most professionals.  We prepare and train in order to present the very best performances we can, but things often don’t go according to plan. In my thirty years as a professional juggler, I’ve encountered a wide array of unexpected …

Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: You Punch Like a Girl

For the past two months I’ve been writing about three methods to write lead away jokes: forward from the front, out from the middle, and backwards from the end. If you haven’t already read those introductory articles, Nice Structure and Structure? Genius!, now would be a good time. I’ll wait … Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from …

Video: Aventuras en Chile

In 2012, Erin Stephens traveled to Chile to organize the first ever IJA Regional Competition in South America.   She was highly impressed with the skill level of the juggling and circus scene, and thinks you will be, too. This footage is from throughout her two week stay in Chile, and includes clips from the 14th Annual Chilean Circus and Street …

Giant Juggling Clubs

When many people juggle American clubs for the first time after having only juggled the much more common European clubs, they often comment on how large the Americans are. Modern American clubs are slightly smaller than their older predecessors, which are smaller than a category that can simply be called “giant clubs.” Most jugglers have never seen one of these …

2014 IJA Festival Director – The Search is On

The 2014 IJA Festival is set to be held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, July 28 – August 3, 2014. The news of this location has started to spread, and jugglers are already getting excited to congregate for a fabulous week of juggling, shows, workshops, competitions, and more. All that is needed now is a key person to …

10 Female Juggling Stars of the Past

Looking across the gym at the most recent IJA Festival, a sizable proportion of the jugglers are women. This hasn’t always been the case. In the first forty years of the IJA’s existence, female performers were a fairly rare sight. However, female jugglers have an incredible and very important history in our art form. The earliest depiction of juggling we …

Open Call for IJA Officers!

Founders of the IJA – 1947 Above, you can see the faces of the men that did us all a favor, by founding the IJA back in 1947.  Now, we have the opportunity to be a part of the next step of the IJA’s history. For the next few weeks – the IJA board of directors will be accepting “Letters …