eJuggle: Opinion/Theory/History

Videos From The Vault – George Lerch

George Lerch was a popular juggler and slack rope performer in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. He was quite skilled both on stage and on the slack rope. He juggled with balls, rings, clubs, devil stick, tennis racket and balls, balls and tube, and ball bouncing. One unique trick that George performed was to stand on a board balanced on …

Book Review: 1001 Tips on Practicing and Performing Your Act by Dan Holzman

Book Review by Michael Goudeau. Dan has always worked hard. You know him as a skilled, successful, and funny juggler. He’s also written books, he’s invented toys, and now he’s creating a new act just because he loves the art. So, when one of the most successful variety artists of our era writes a book of tips, should you buy …

Joe Ortnes – The Stationary Juggler

Recently, some jugglers have taken to practicing juggling on a small, stationary platform such as a chair to demonstrate control of their juggling patterns. This “isolation” juggling has even been integrated into some WJF competitions. But long before the WJF was founded or anyone used the term “isolation juggling,” Joe Ortnes was a master at the skill. Joe Ortnes was …

Unique Juggling Acts and Routines: Part 2

As I look through the many thousands of photos in the archives of the Museum of Juggling History and of the IJA, I occasionally come across juggling acts or routines that are particularly unique. Unique acts are more rare than you might think, as good acts and routines are quickly copied by other performers. We see this now with jugglers …

Unique Juggling Acts and Routines: Part 1

As I look through the many thousands of photos in the archives of the Museum of Juggling History and of the IJA, I occasionally come across juggling acts or routines that are particularly unique. Unique acts are more rare than you might think, as good acts and routines are quickly copied by other performers. We see this now with jugglers …

Book Review: If You Are A Juggler by Alexander Kiss

If you enjoy juggling history books, then the last several years have made you very happy. The latest entry into the field is an English translation of Alexander Kiss’s book, If You Are A Juggler. This book is equal parts history and instruction. Let’s look at some background on the author of the book first. Alexander Kiss is one of …

Juggling movies in Colombia – Review

Many people who are not jugglers, and even some jugglers, are surprised to hear that in Colombia there are juggling movies. They comment that they have not see them in movie theaters. Actually, they are independent films and to get them you should talk to the creators directly or in the case of one (which I will talk about below) …

Carl Baggesen – The Clumsiest Juggler of All Time

Carl Baggesen is not a name known by many modern jugglers, but he was a star in the days of vaudeville. Baggesen was born in in 1858 in Odense, Denmark and initially began performing as a contortionist, using the stage name of Klischnigg. In the early 1890s, he came to the United States to perform in vaudeville and soon developed …

Aerial Juggling Acts

Two years ago, I wrote an article about Bert and Chrys Holt. In the 1940s and 1950s, Bert hung by a cable held in his teeth and performed amazing juggling tricks while swinging above the circus ring. Here are some photos of Bert that didn’t appear in the earlier article. When Bert was injured in a fall in 1962, his …