Four Jugglers With Physical Disabilities

Unknown Juggler with no legs (Courtesy of Michelle Gerdes) Juggling is a skill that is difficult for many people who don’t have a physical disability. Therefore, jugglers who have such disabilities stand out even more. Let’s take a look at four performing jugglers who developed their juggling skills despite a serious physical disability. John P. Thomas John P. Thomas was …

Circus Kirkus

The very first performance of Circus Kirkus took place on January 29th 2020, in Boynton Beach, Florida. Kirk Marsh, juggler, comedian, manager, photographer, and proprietor has put together a team of circus artists, roustabouts, and producers to create a delightful family-friendly, one-ring, old fashioned tent show. In a real tent that must be assembled and broken down after each gig. …

Rostando

Rostando was the stage name of José Perez, a Spanish juggler who had originally been a part of his family’s famous restaurant juggling act, The Perezoffs. The Perezoffs, also known as the Charles Perezoff Company, were started by brothers Charles, José, and Francisco Perez in 1904. In the restaurant act, he played the part of young waiter, doing so in …

Time Traveling to See The Juggling Masters

In the new book 200 Historical Jugglers Every Juggler Should Know, written by me and my brother Scott Cain, we took on the difficult challenge of choosing thirty jugglers to be part of a chapter called The Masters. Like all of the jugglers in our book, a juggler had to have started their juggling career by 1994, so many of …

Cirque du Soleil: AlegríA

AlegríA is about the victory of light over darkness. It’s about the quest for knowledge and the will to survive. AlegríA, which means ‘joy’ in Spanish, is Cirque du Soleil’s refurbished production, first presented in 1994 and now back with new costumes and a new look. AlegríA has been seen by over 14 million people in 255 cities around the …

Indigenous North American Jugglers of the Late 1800s

During the late 1800s, performers from many cultures gained fame for their juggling feats. Represented in this array of performers were a few indigenous North American jugglers of whom we know. Uncle Beaver Uncle Beaver was the stage name of James Beaver, who was named for the Beavers Corner community at Six Nations of the Grand River reserve in Canada. …

Jugglers at Cirque de Demain 2020

This years Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain was a bit controversial. On stage there was unplanned nudity, protest, and a serious accident. However, that did not stop the jugglers from shining! There were 5 solo jugglers: two ring acts, a ball toss juggler, a ball bounce jugler, a diabolo act, a hoop act, and a juggling troupe with LED …

Company XIV at Théâter XIV

Sam Urdang and Ashley Dragon are the resident circus skills performers with the Company XIV troop of dancers, singers, and comedians. Company XIV performs their three signature productions perennially in their own custom decorated space in the hip neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. The three productions are ‘Nutcracker Rouge,’ ‘Seven Sins,’ and ‘Queen Of Hearts’ (based on Alice in Wonderland). They …

Stu Raynolds Obituary

We are sad to report that well-known juggler and prop maker Stu Raynolds passed away on February 17, 2020. Stuart Raynolds was born in 1927 in Chicago, Illinois (USA), the son of Harold Raynolds Senior and Dorothy Raynolds. He was a very strong technical juggler, and attended the first IJA Convention in 1948, shortly after finishing up his service in …