Troba and Capt. Henry Smith – A Photo Album of Strongman Jugglers

Karl Rappo is often considered the first strongman juggler, beginning his performing career around 1825.  Many other heavyweight jugglers followed. You can click here to read about Paul Conchas and here to read about Paul Spadoni. These two famed heavyweight jugglers even had a public feud, which you can read about by clicking here. In this article, we will examine …

Tricks for Trips! – Security Edition

Tips and tricks for jugglers navigating the globe. In this article series, “Tricks for Trips,” I will show you how to travel smart with all of the tricks and lessons I’ve learned from traveling dumb. In this first edition, we’ll take a look at tips for going through airport security. This article is based around many US airport security guidelines …

Paul Spadoni – Strongman Juggler

Paul Spadoni was born Paul Krause in Berlin, Germany on October 3, 1870. He was the son of a restaurant owner. He learned to juggle at the age of 12 and often tossed around items from his father’s restaurant. He made his debut as a performing juggler at the age of 14, performing at a classmate’s birthday party. In addition …

Sorin Munteanu – A Video and Photo Retrospect

Sorin Munteanu was one of the greatest jugglers of which you may have never heard. Hailing from Romania, he was a 7th generation circus artist. He grew up watching his family perform as jugglers and learned the art early on. He remained part of the family act for many years before striking out on his own in 1979. Sorin and …

The Mongadors

The Mongadors were a juggling troupe with a long circus pedigree. Pierre Chambeyron was a well-known 19th century French circus manager and equestrian artist. He married a high-wire artist, Mathilde, and the couple toured with the Circus Clark. Their children, Jeanne, Gaston, and Georges, formed an acrobatic dance act called the Trio de la Rambla.  Georges was a talented juggler …

A Parody Juggling Act From 1896

Occasionally, I am introduced to an old book or other literature about juggling of which I was completely unaware. This is the case for the 1896 book Bunkum Entertainments, written by Robert Ganthony. Ganthony wrote several books on variety arts, but this is the one that includes a chapter on juggling. The act that he describes in the book is …

The Cabooter Family – Part 2 (Jean Claude)

In Part 1 of this two part series, we looked at the Cabooter Brothers, better know in the juggling world as Rudy Bolly and Alain Diagora. In this article, we will examine Rudy’s son, Jean Claude, who became even more famous than his father and uncle. Jean Claude Jean Claude Cabooter is one of the greatest foot jugglers of all …

The Cabooter Family – Part 1 (Rudy Bolly and Alain Diagora)

If you ask even the biggest fans of juggling history to tell you about the Cabooter Family of jugglers, they will probably stare blankly back at you. That’s because all of the well-known members of the family have used stage names in their work. Let’s take a look at the first of these. Rudy Bolly Rudy Bolly was the stage …

The History of the Eating the Apple Trick

There is perhaps no juggling routine more hated by jugglers and more loved by audiences than the “eat the apple” trick. To juggle one or more apples and take bites from the fruit while doing so is one of the most famous tricks in the juggling world. Let’s take a quick look at this famous routine. The use of apples …