New discovery about Sylvester Schäffer Jr.

(Haz clic aquí para español.) David Cain is right to describe Sylvester Schäffer Jr. in his article (you can read it here) as the most talented man in the world. Sylvester was a juggler, magician, painter, Icarian, dog trainer, equestrian, acrobat, marksman, violinist, actor, and sex symbol. He performed successfully in each discipline, and achieved virtuosity in them before he …

Alternative Cigar Box-Like Props

I previously wrote an article about the history of cigar box juggling, but I was asked to research alternate props that have been used like cigar boxes. I found a number of very interesting variations. The Past Félicien Trewey (1848 – 1920) used three “round blocks,” which were sold in the oldest known juggling catalog, the Catalogue Of Fine Juggler …

Jessie Millar – Juggler, Cornetist and Pianist

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Although there is little detailed information about Jessie Millar’s life, we can get an idea of what her artistic career was like by putting together the pieces of newspaper reports, inquiries from experts in vaudeville, theater and music of the 19th and 20th centuries. Jessie was born in Los Angeles, United States, in 1882. She …

The Sad Tale of Signor Vivalla: P.T. Barnum’s Juggler

Whether it’s through the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus or via the recent movie “The Greatest Showman,” most readers will recognize the name of famed promoter P.T. Barnum. Barnum lived from 1810 to 1891 and hailed from Connecticut in the USA. While much has been written about his later years, few people know that Barnum started his show …

Juggling Museum Prop Rescue Road Trip

In late December of 2020, I was on Facebook and decided to look up juggling props on Facebook Marketplace. I noticed a posting for a large collection of juggling props that featured many juggling clubs that I didn’t recognize. For me to not recognize a type of juggling club is a rare occurrence, as I literally wrote the book on …

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Otedama – Japanese Children’s Juggling Game

(Haz clic aquí para español.) In Japan, there is a traditional way of juggling that is now reborn thanks to a group of people who promote its practice. Otedama is a non-competitive game in which bean-bag balls are used, usually made at home. The challenge is to test your agility by catching the most balls in one hand, while throwing …

What Am I?

I was honored when Eric Shibuya reached out to me to submit an article as a prominent black juggler for eJuggle. On one hand, it feels great to have your art and progress affirmed, to have your effort acknowledged, and on the other hand I have mixed feelings about the term black, that however is something I will address as …

The Japanese Bottomless Basket

I’ve long been a fan of the big juggling props of the Gentleman Juggler era, such as the Kara Box, the Salerno Ring, and the Picture Frame Trick. If you’re not familiar with those three tricks, click here, here, and here to see video of them. We often consider those tricks to be old, as they were created in the …

Toss Juggling With Umbrellas

The use of umbrellas and parasols in juggling is not uncommon. Japanese jugglers and their imitators have been spinning balls, rings, coins, and boxes on parasols for hundreds of years. One of the most famous current jugglers performing this style of juggling is Mio Yadori. Umbrellas and parasols are also a very common prop for antipodism / foot juggling. Umbrellas …