Object Episodes 8

Object Episodes is an ongoing discussion between Jay Gilligan and Erik Åberg about the past, present, and future of juggling. These recordings are evidence of one long form dialogue which took place during 24 consecutive hours, split into two sessions. Each episode brings a new chapter to the conversation. Juggling is examined as a community, culture, art form, activity, concept, …

History of Juggling Games: Volleyclub

EJC 2010 Joensuu, Finland. (Haz clic aquí para español.) I have written about the history of combat juggling and I also did an article about joggling. In this third part, we will see the beginnings and evolution of one of the most popular and important games in juggling festivals in the world: Volleyclub. Its popularity is, in part, thanks to …

Topper Martyn and His Famous Juggling Family

Topper Martyn was born Victor Clifton Martyn in London, England, in 1923. He was the son of famed Australian jugglers, Martyn and Florence. His mother, Maude Florence Martyn (nee Thyer) came from a circus family with four centuries of history as performers. She had been trained as a juggler by the famed performer Paul Cinquevalli. Topper’s father, also named Victor, …

The History of 7 Club Juggling

In a previous article, I wrote about the history of 6 club solo juggling and even discussed the first performers to juggle 3, 4, and 5 clubs. In this article, we will examine the history of 7 club juggling. John Breen The first person that we know who juggled 7 clubs was John Breen of the Breen Family Jugglers. You …

Moung Mya – The Burmese Juggler

(Haz clic aquí para español.) In late 1902, juggler Moung Mya arrived in Topeka, Kansas, under the management of manager Brigham, for the Midwinter show. His suit was nothing more than a robe that wrapped around his waist and crotch; sometimes he would wear a t-shirt that only covered his torso. His name was one of the most striking on …

The Three Famous Russells

In August 2021, juggler Rick Robinson, better known in the juggling community as Piqua Rick, sent me some photos that he had taken at the Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio. The photos showed an exhibit of juggling props from an act from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s named the Three Famous Russells. Now, I live only about an hour from …

Just Juggling Jottings by Clever Conkey – An Old Juggling History Article

In July of 2021, eJuggle published an article featuring A Juggler and His Art, an article from 1910 that gave us a glimpse into what a juggling historian of the period knew and thought about the art form. You can click here to read it. The response to that article was quite strong, so I thought it would be prudent to follow …

Top 10 – The Most Extraordinary Shows at Traffic Lights

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Juggling at the traffic light is a practice commonly seen in Latin American countries. However, in regions of Europe and Asia jugglers also display their impeccable agility, manipulating clubs, balls, etc. Artists have, on average, forty to sixty seconds to show off their skills to people watching from their cars while they’re stopped at intersections. …

Women in Juggling History

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Throughout history, we can see that women played a leading role in the evolution of juggling. In some cultures, which we will see below, even the art of throwing objects into the air is exclusive to the female gender. The most notorious case, and at the same time the oldest record of juggling that exists, …