Nikolai Olkhovikov – Equestrian Juggler

(日本語はこちら) Russia and the Soviet Union produced many incredible jugglers over the past one hundred years. The most celebrated horseback (equestrian) juggler from Russia was Nikolai Olkhovikov (1922 – 1987). He was born into a circus family, with his parents and grandfather being established performers in several genres, especially those involving horses. Nikolai made his debut in the circus at …

The Sun Wheel / Vadda Chakkar: A Sikh Martial Art Turned Flow Art

(日本語はこちら) I first encountered the subject of this article at EJC 2019. I was taken back by the mesmerizing effect of this spinning prop and had to try it out for myself. The prop was introduced to me as a sun wheel. Since then, I’ve seen it online a number of times and saw it again in person at the …

An Experiment With Bob Bramson’s Wooden Hoops

(日本語はこちら) I often bring something to the IJA Festival for jugglers to try. A couple of times I brought the Chaos Clubs, which are the world’s most difficult clubs to juggle. You can see videos of the Chaos Clubs being attempted below. As the 2022 IJA Festival was getting closer, I saw online that a number of talented hoop jugglers …

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 …

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 …

The Art of Plate Waltzing

(日本語はこちら) Plate Waltzing is a rare type of plate spinning  which goes back to at least the mid-1800s. It involves spinning upside down plates or bowls on the surface of a long table.  It may have been invented by famous magician and ventriloquist Signor Blitz (1810-1877). He was famous enough for performing plate waltzing that an actual waltz was written …

Diabolo Museum in China

(Haz clic aquí para español.) (日本語はこちら) Entrance to the diabolo museum. Photo: chinatoday.com For people who are not familiar with diabolo, it may sound incredible to know that in China there is a museum dedicated solely to the dissemination of this toy. Actually, there are two: the other is from France, but it is virtual, with very valuable information on …

The Briatore Juggling Dynasty

(日本語はこちら) One of the oldest and most successful juggling dynasties ever was that of the Briatore Family of Spain. The Briatores were Alessandro (Alex) Briatore (1870-1960) and his nephew Enrico (Rico) Briatore (1881-1965). Hailing from a circus family, they presented an equestrian juggling act as the Briatores in the 1890s and later became a famous clown act known as Rico …

The Girard Family

(Haz clic aquí para español.) (日本語はこちら) History has many things to tell us, but also much to hide from us. On many occasions, researching a juggler, or a group is so difficult that only a couple of names can be found. Sometimes artists leave no trace; it seems that they did not want their lives to be known in this …