Bob Ripa and Paolo Piletto – Rastelli-Inspired Jugglers

With Enrico Rastelli’s world-wide fame during the 1920s, it’s no wonder that other jugglers would try to emulate his style. Two young jugglers of the time attempted to do just that. Their names were Bob Ripa and Paolo Piletto. Bob Ripa Bob Ripa was a Danish juggler, born Eyvind Hansen in 1913 to juggler parents. By the age of 15, …

World Juggling Day Colombia 2020 – Review

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The celebration of World Juggler Day in Colombia are usually held in a government coliseum. This was a for the past few years, anyway. Previously, we met in public squares of the city or in parks. I attended this commemoration, for the first time, in 2013, when I had just a few months of experience. …

Jim Harrigan – The Original Tramp Juggler

Jim Harrigan was born James Horrigan in Corry, Pennsylvania in 1866. He was part of a large family, having four brothers and two sisters. He may not have been a great juggler, but he is famous for inventing or popularizing two common elements of a juggling act that have endured ever since. Harrigan began as a typical performing juggler in …

Remembering IJA Videographer Henry Benton, 1971-2020

As we virtually celebrated the IJA Festival last month, we honored the memory of Henry Benton, who typically spent most of the fest behind a camera lens. Henry passed away on March 14th in Florida after battling a non-smoker’s type of lung cancer, diagnosed last July. Many jugglers remember Henry’s presence as an official IJA videographer, a job he took …

Seven club backcrosses

(Haz clic aquí para español.) One of the great feats of juggling, which we all want to flaunt, is to do seven clubs backcrosses. Seeing seven objects thrown from behind in the air, and receiving them one by one, must feel extremely cool. In the history of juggling, very few have done that difficult trick. Some are: Anthony Gatto, Vova …

Ask David – August 2020

Welcome to my new column for eJuggle, Ask David. In this column, you can ask me for my opinion, advice, or knowledge about anything juggling-related. The idea for this column comes from Jacob D’Eustachio, who suggested it to me and provided the first question, which you can see below. In case you don’t know me and you’re wondering why you …

Eric Zidla – A Career in Photos and Video

Eric Zidla was an Austrian juggler of exceptional technical ability and exuberant stage presence. I have been unable to find much information about his life, but we do know a little. During World War II, he escaped from the Nazi takeover of Austria and fled to Switzerland with nothing. He found some tennis balls, made sticks from broom handles, and …

Tribute to Marium Akther

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Marium Akther was a hula hoop activist, athlete and Pakistani cultural manager. Her legacy was and will be inspiration for future generations of hula. Marium’s history is not well known. Few people know about Akther’s achievements. Her life, before the tragic event that took away her happiness, was full of triumphs and joys. Here is …

The Candombe Dance and “The Escobero”

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Candombe is an Afro-Uruguayan dance that combines different cultures from Africa and Uruguay. The dance originated from the time of slavery, in the 18th century. Ships full of slaves arrived at the port of Montevideo to be sold to the highest bidder. Their health conditions were so precarious that only less than 50% of Africans …