eJuggle: Opinion/Theory/History

The Society of American Jugglers – An Attempt at a Pre-IJA Juggling Organization

The IJA was formed in 1947 at a convention of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Much has been written about how this came about, but almost no one realizes that an earlier attempt was made to form a juggling organization more than twenty-five years earlier. In 1918, the following appeared in Variety. I’ve been unable to find any additional information …

EJC 2018: Organized for jugglers, Inspired by Nature

The European Juggling Convention (EJC) has taken place non-stop since 1978 and is one of the world’s biggest juggling conventions. This event started with an attendance of just 11 jugglers during two days but rapidly became a week-long happening with thousands of attendees. This year, and for the first time in 41 years of history, EJC jumps from continental Europe …

Functional Juggling Warm Ups – [Pearls of Juggling Articles]

There are many ways to warm into juggling. – This includes the juggler’s all time favourite… of not warming up at all! 🙂 Some of us train progressively with props, starting off perhaps with just one prop. Others enjoy jogging, (or joggling), skipping a rope, push and pull up type exercises… Others like Yoga based exercises and perhaps Feldenkreis or Alexander …

Newly Discovered Frank Le Dent Photos

Of all the work I’ve done as a juggling historian, I’m probably proudest of my research into Frank Le Dent ((1886 – 1948). Previously, all we really knew was that he supposedly juggled 11 balls. We also only had one photo of him. Through a year of research, I discovered a huge amount of information on him, including confirmation that …

The History of Juggling Balls and Beanbags

Balls and beanbags are the simplest of juggling props, yet virtually no research has been done regarding their development and history. The types of balls discussed in this article will be listed in the order of their first known historical reference. This does not mean that this was the actual order that they were in use, just the earliest recorded …

Two Forgotten Mixed Props Juggling Combinations

As I’ve poured over the archives of the Museum of Juggling History and the IJA, I’ve noticed a couple of combinations of props that were once quite popular, but which are now more or less completely forgotten. They were both performed by gentlemen jugglers of the late 1800s and early 1900s. You can see both of them below, done by …

Juggling in North Korea – Part 3

As some will know, I have written two articles about juggling in North Korea, which you can read here (the first part) and here (the second part). It was very difficult to find information, photos and videos. Read them, all the parts are very interesting. On this occasion, I bring two testimonies from Western people who have been able to …

The Tube and Balls Routine

One particular interest of mine is researching props and routines that were once popular among jugglers but that are now almost completely forgotten. One such example is the Tube and Balls Routine. This routine used a tube and two or three balls to perform a variety of tricks. Let’s take a look at this routine’s history before we examine what …

“Volta” a Cirque du Soleil production

Volta is the latest touring show by Cirque du Soleil. It is the next logical step in the evolution of new circus, so much so that the word ‘circus’ itself is almost obsolete. Further and further in the past are the animal acts, the sawdust, the clowns, the ringmaster, and the legendary acts, wire walkers, flyers, and sharpshooters. Now it’s …