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 …

Forgotten Juggling Props: Wagon Wheels

(日本語はこちら) I have written extensively about juggling props that were once quite popular but are now more or less forgotten as ever being used in the artform. Examples of these include table lamps, hand bells, and tobacco pipes. Another such forgotten prop is the subject of this article: wagon wheels. Wagon, cart, or chariot wheels were balanced, spun on poles, …

A Look At Notable Shaker Cup Jugglers

(日本語はこちら) Many jugglers don’t like shaker cup juggling due to the sound they tend to make, but the skill can be very impressive and creative in the right hands. Today we will look at some history of those who have specialized in the juggling of shaker cups. There are obviously other very talented jugglers who use shaker cups, but I …

Newly Discovered Historical Juggling Videos – Part 3

(日本語はこちら) Historic films of jugglers continue to be discovered and uploaded to the internet all the time. Often, the jugglers in the videos are ones I’ve written about previously and sometimes are the first films of the juggler that the modern public has seen. Many such films have been uploaded recently to various Facebook groups, so I decided to compile …

Newly Discovered Historical Juggling Videos – Part 2

(日本語はこちら) Historic films of jugglers continue to be discovered and uploaded to the internet all the time. Often, the jugglers in the videos are ones I’ve written about previously and sometimes are the first films of the juggler that the modern public has seen. Many such films have been uploaded recently to various Facebook groups, so I decided to compile …

Art and Juggling for Ukrainian Children

(Haz clic aquí para español.) (日本語はこちら) Since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, more than 6.5 million people, including men, women, boys, and girls, have left Ukraine to take refuge in European countries such as Poland, Romania, Slovakia, among others, according to data from the international organization for migrations, associated with the UN. According to UNICEF, since February 24, 2022, …

Newly Discovered Historical Juggling Videos – Part 1

(日本語はこちら) Historic films of jugglers continue to be discovered and uploaded to the internet all the time. Often, the jugglers in the videos are ones I’ve written about previously and sometimes are the first films of the juggler that the modern public has seen. Many such films have been uploaded recently to various Facebook groups, so I decided to compile …