eJuggle: Opinion/Theory/History

Big Apple Circus- 40th Anniversary Edition

 This year’s edition of BAC includes a featured toss juggler (Gamal Garcia Tuniziani), a rola bola artist (Jan Damm), and a Risley act (The Anastasini Brothers), so there is plenty of juggling for everyone. Other acts include flying trapeze (Flying Tunizianis Troupe), high-wire (The Wallendas), trained horses and dogs (Jenny Vidbel), clowns (Grandma [Barry Lubin] and Mr. Joel Jeske), contortion …

Bill Gnadt – The Dangerous Tool Juggler

Bill Gnadt was born March 8, 1928, in Boise, Idaho, to William Edward and Alice Lynch Gnadt. He moved with his parents to Salt Lake City in 1934 and lived there the rest of his life. Bill did magic as a boy, but when well known magician Carl Ballantine saw him doing manipulation tricks, Ballantine suggest that Gnadt try juggling …

Antipodism in Mexico

This article first appeared in DokuCirco magazine, a Mexican circus publication.  To learn more about DokuCirco, visit Dokucirco.org Translation: Thom Wall Antipodism is the practice of juggling with the feet while reclining on the back with the legs raised upwards. It is usually performed on a “trinka” – a special kind of chair, designed for this purpose – though it is …

The Birds in the Tree Trick

One of the most obscure juggling tricks to modern performers and audiences is the “Birds in the Tree” trick. This trick was somewhat popular in the 1800s, but until recently only a handful of jugglers had even heard of it. The trick involves the juggler balancing a tree-like prop on his or her head. In the branches of the tree …

Juggling On Broadway

In addition to my family, friends, and faith, I have two other primary passions – juggling and theater. I’ve been a Musical Theater Critic for the past 17 years, seeing around sixty musicals a year and writing reviews for Talkin’ Broadway. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I decided to write an article about jugglers on the Broadway …

Stan Kavanagh – Australian Comedy Juggling Star

Stan Kavanaugh was born on July 3, 1889 in Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia as Arthur Stanislaus Joseph Kavanagh. Stan wasn’t born into a showbiz family, as his father was a bank manager. Stan saw a juggler perform in a traveling circus troupe when he was a young boy and was instantly hooked. He taught himself, and later his brother, how to …

The Hoop and Glass Trick

eJuggle Hoop and Glass Trick

A common old school juggling trick / routine is what is now known as the hoop and glass trick. For this routine, a glass filled part way with water is placed inside a wooden hoop, which is then spun and tossed, with the goal being to not spill the water. The first time I ever saw the the skill performed …

Juggling Biographies

For an art form which is as varied and popular as juggling, we’ve had a surprisingly small number of biographies written about (or by) our practitioners.  Still, I suspect that very few of us are aware of all of the options available to us.  Despite the visual nature of juggling, much can be learned from reading about the jugglers covered …