Open Source Vs. Intellectual Property in Juggling: An Opinion Piece

There are plenty of disagreements within the juggling world. For instance, some jugglers live for siteswaps while others argue that they have little relevance within performance, saying that non-jugglers can’t differentiate between most patterns. Today I want to share my thoughts about another area of controversy – the debate over whether creative ideas (props, routines, etc.) should be open source, …

Morlé – Juggler of the Heights

Morlé. Photo: Jenny Jeager Jongleuse. (Haz clic aquí para español.) Morlé was one of the best jugglers in Germany. His story is little known, though he was just as talented as Rudy Horn. The two unicycle jugglers met in 2013; they both admired each other, although Morlé’s fame was not like that of his colleague. His motto was: “Higher, higher, …

Three Obscure Historical Juggling Props

One of my favorite parts of being a juggling historian is discovering juggling props of the past of which we were mostly or completely unaware. In the past, I’ve written about cup sticks and hand bells, table lamps, the whirligig, Breenos, the Kara Box, the Birds in the Tree, and other such props. The publication of these articles has sometimes …

Rogana – The Baroness of Balance

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Her real name was Dora Rogge. She was born in Germany in October 1933 and she was a fifth generation circus performer. Her grandmother, Leopoldine Lange, was an aerial acrobat, and her cousins were tightrope walkers, The Mascotts. At the age of three, Rogana began juggling balls; when she was six she joined the act …

Jugglers Spies?

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Espionage tries to obtain exclusive and valuable information through stealth, infiltration, and other means, from a specific target. The performing arts have been used as a facade for espionage. For example, Mata Hari (1876-1917), a dancer and courtesan from the Netherlands was a Dutch spy who through her work obtained key data in favor of …

Ask David – February 2021

Welcome to my column for eJuggle, Ask David. In this column, you can ask me for my opinion, advice, or knowledge about anything juggling-related. In case you don’t know me and you’re wondering why you might want to know my thoughts, here’s a bit about me. I’ve been a professional juggler for 37 years and have performed over 15,000 professional …

Mel Ody – Comedy Juggler

Mel Ody was born Richard Luby in 1913 in San Francisco, CA. His family moved to Denver, CO when Richard was young. His father often took the young boy to circuses and vaudeville shows and these had a great impact on the lad. They were a highlight of an often difficult childhood. Despite being very well read, Richard never finished …

Book Review of “Alex the Great” by Daniel Holzman

As members of the IJA we know Daniel Holzman as one-half of the highly successful juggling team The Raspyni Brothers. We know him as producing great Cascade of Stars shows and an entire week long IJA festival. We know him as the host of the highly informative podcast “Drop Everything.”  In all juggling arenas Daniel exhibits a high level of …

Cassim and Abdallah Mahomet – Indian Jugglers Murderers?

(Haz clic aquí para español.) In the 19th century, many artists from India who came to Australia were mistreated by their managers. They abused these immigrants, exploiting them for work. These immigrants lived in precarious conditions. Because of this, several contracted serious illnesses. A large percentage of them did not know the English language, which made it difficult to demand …