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 …

Juggling World Records 2022

(Haz clic aquí para español.) This year, the world records have been surprising: there are broken records that, it was thought, could never be surpassed. Others, for example, are new and are there for some juggler to try to overcome. The following juggling world records were made in this year and are of all kinds: from endurance to number of …

Joe Cook – One of the Most Successful of the Vaudeville Scene

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Only next to jugglers like W.C. Fields and Fred Allen can the name of Joe Cook stand. His scattered talent in different disciplines led him to become one of the highest paid artists and one of the most recognized in the United States in the 20th century. Cook could do, among other things: sing, dance, …

Mirrored Juggling Props

Mirrors are not exactly the ideal component of a juggling prop. They tend to break and cut, which are not qualities one looks for in a prop. However, that hasn’t stopped jugglers over the years from decorating their props with mirrors. In the days before complex tricks and special lighting, the effect of having mirrors reflect the stage lights was …

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, …