Juggling With Paper

Most people wouldn’t think of paper as being a good material with which to make juggling props, but doing so has been done with reasonable success. In the 1870s, Henri Agoust famously juggled a wad of paper, a wine bottle, and a cannonball. Paul Cinquevalli, the first juggler to truly become an entertainment superstar, did a version of this that …

Jan Lindblad – Writer, Photographer, Filmmaker, Whistler and Juggler

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Jan is a virtuoso Swedish artist who from an early age became known for his talent that spanned different artistic, cultural and social disciplines. He was born on July 19, 1932. His father, Frey Lindblad, was a singer and singing teacher. It is said that Frey taught him basic aspects of music. As a teenager, …

11 Important Historical Juggling Books and Articles Found Online

Starting out in the juggling world in the early 1980s, my only sources for information on juggling were a handful of books at my local library and my quarterly issue of Juggler’s World Magazine. Over forty years later, beginning jugglers have seemingly endless resources in the palm of their hands. Online videos, articles, and even books abound. I personally have …

Incredible Acts on the Freestanding Ladder

(Haz clic aquí para español.) In this fourth part of the series, we will see the extraordinary acts of juggling and balancing performed at the top of a freestanding ladder. You can read previous parts of the series by clicking here, here and here. Gregory Popovich Photo by: circopedia. Popovich is known worldwide for his high technical level of juggling …

Dell O’Dell – Juggler and Originator of Feminine Magic

(Haz clic aquí para español.) “This is a woman who adapted to at least ten different acting settings throughout her career, from the circus to television. She knew how to capture the moments and adjust her repertoire and her approach to what the audience liked.”   Dell O’Dell’s life had several contexts that helped her adapt to different audiences and …

Round Cigar Box Alternatives

Cigar box juggling has its origins in Japan, where wooden blocks were used to do various complex balancing tricks as well as tricks we now more closely associate with cigar boxes. Toorukitchie – 1860s Eventually, jugglers such as Boum-Boum, Jim Harrigan, and W.C. Field popularized using cigar boxes, or at least props decorated as cigar boxes, in their acts. However, …

Gene Muller Trio – Aeroplane Hoopsters

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Since William Everhart invented hoop rolling, juggling companies have emerged that included or exclusively used that technique in their artistic repertoire. The hoop rolling and its variations were popular at the beginning of the 20th century in the United States and in some European countries. We know that many of these companies existed from mentions …

Anton Walbrook – Film Star and Juggler

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Anton Walbrook. Several famous actors began their artistic careers in the vaudeville scene, or in performing arts that catapulted them to fame. This is the case of the well-known juggler W.C Fields and, particularly, the case of Eddie Gray. Another one of those movie star actors was Anton Walbrook. He was born Adolf Anton Wilhelm …

Sidorkina-Brock Tamara – Animal Trainer and Juggler

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Sidorkina comes from a family of circus performers and trainers from the Soviet Union. She was born in 1910. At the age of 8 she made her debut as an artist. At the age of 13 she performed as a juggler. One of her acts that made her famous in the circus was her show …