Victor Bortar – Juggler of the Patriotic War of the Soviet People

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Historical data estimates that the Soviet republics lost around 27 million people after the start of the German invasion in 1941, which ended four years later. To defend their peoples, the State recruited all the people who could serve, in any way, in the armed forces. After the Bolshevik revolution of 1919, the circus was …

One of a Kind Juggling Props

(日本語はこちら) While giving a recent tour of the Museum of Juggling History, I was asked if the museum had any one of a kind props. I asked if that meant the only known existing prop from a certain juggler or the only known example of a certain type of prop. I was told that it meant the latter rather than …

IJA Tricks of the Month by Theo Scarito from France | Diabolo

15 years after starting, Theo, from France, is still in love with the diabolo, and is always searching for new tricks even more visually impressive. He is now known around the world for his unique 1 diabolo style. He is an accomplished artist who has worked for Cirque du Soleil, various cabarets, European juggling festivals, and at the IJA Festival …

Keith Nelson Juggles Sponsors and Spoons, Patrons and Plates

This summer Keith Nelson took The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and produced The Flatbed Follies. Keith created the BFC together with Stephanie Monseu in 1995. Flatbed Follies is a traveling version of the show using two flatbed trucks and a calliope. They play free performances all over the five boroughs of New York City and suburbs plus the Tri-state area and …

IJA Tricks of the Month by Batist Van Baekel from Belgium | Juggling clubs

My name is Batist Van Baekel and I’m a 22 year old juggler from Belgium. I have been juggling for over 10 years, and this year I graduated from Codarts circus school and University of Arts in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I’m honoured to present to you my IJA Tricks of the Month video, a small collection of some of my …

The Juggler Who Wakes Up with His Left Foot

(Haz clic aquí para español.) André, somehow, is aware that if the work accident in which he was involved had not taken his leg, juggling for him would continue to be a discipline unknown to circuses. The tragedy occurred in 2004, when André was working as a railway worker for a train company in Brazil. His right leg was caught …

Numbers Juggling With Plates and Discs

(日本語はこちら) Before rings were common place, jugglers used plates and discs in their acts. Even after rings became the more common flat, round prop, some jugglers continued to use the more difficult choice of discs and plates. Releasing more than 4 plates from your hands is quite difficult, and is therefore a very limiting factor. Nevertheless, history records some quite …

Interview with Angel Alvarado (Rubik’s Cube Juggler)

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Angel achieved world recognition after breaking the world record for solving three Rubik’s cubes while juggling. The challenge is one of the most difficult there is, so much so that few people have done it, among them, only two have been able to do it under five minutes. It’s incredible! “It’s not a gift,” Angel …