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 …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Corporate Comedy

There are lots of different kinds of corporate gigs: after dinner shows, awards banquets, sales meetings, customer events, convention keynotes, company picnics, holiday parties, trade shows, training sessions, and teambuilding events just to name a few. Katrine and I love corporate gigs. Aside from all the flying, it’s the most comfortable market we work in. Your shows are always indoors, …

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Thinking Of Setting A Guinness World Record?

Hello fellow jugglers and potential Guinness World Record Setters out there in the digital Universe. Greetings from The Pasta Palace, Home of The Fettucini Brothers and The Paddle Ball King. I hope that all is well with you and that all of your dances with gravity are pleasurable. So, you think that you are ready to try and set a …

A Message from the Chair, October 2012

Greetings to all our juggling, unicycling, spinning, burning, and otherwise entertaining friends. We’ve continued to be busy behind the scenes trying to fulfill our charter of rendering service, so I’m back to pass on some of the highlights. At the festival in Winston-Salem, we announced the return of our Vendor Discount Program. This allows IJA members to get discounts when …