What A Show! – Four Famed Juggling Troupes In One Circus: Part 1

(日本語はこちら) Two years ago, my brother Scott and I wrote an article discussing ideal years to time travel to in order to see the greatest number of iconic jugglers of the past.  You can read that article here. But what if you could only see one show from history? What single performance would allow you to glimpse the most juggling …

The Sloped Net Learning Method

(日本語はこちら) When teaching a beginner how to do a three ball cascade, many juggling instructors, myself included, suggest that the student stand with their front thighs against a table, bed, or couch. That way, when drops occur, it is easier to pick up the dropped ball from the piece of furniture rather than from the floor. A few others have …

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Toss Juggling Props With Curved Handles

(日本語はこちら) One of the rarest categories of juggling props are items that juggle like clubs (meaning they are usually flipped once or in multiples of 360 degrees), but that have a curved handle resembling part of a ring or hoop. I can only think of five examples of such props. Let’s take a look at them. The first example is …

Blue Man Group

The show begins. The Blue man grasps a bottle of paint. He holds a canvas. He drinks the paint (or more accurately fills his mouth with it). He spins the canvas on his hand and spits the paint into it. Viola. Spin Art. Ok- Spit Art. Blue Man number two. He throws marshmallows at number one. #1 catches them in …

Salerno Ring Variations

(Haz clic aquí para español.) (日本語はこちら) The Salerno ring is becoming a very popular balance structure used by modern jugglers, although it is not always manipulated as it traditionally was. It was created by Adolf Behrend, known as Salerno (1869-1946). The original trick consisted of a large wide ring where a billiard ball was rotated inside; the ring was attached …

Strongman Jugglers Markus and Valentin Dikul – A Video Compilation

(日本語はこちら) Strongman juggling, also known as power juggling, has roots in the early to mid-1800s, when jugglers such as Medua and Mooty Samme and their student Karl Rappo juggled heavy objects as part of their acts. Juggling superstar Paul Cinquevalli displayed tricks with a cannon ball at the turn of the twentieth century. The genre perhaps reached its pinnacle in …

Three Curious Juggling Patents – Part I

(Haz clic aquí para español.) A small idea can change the order of the world. The great inventions that revolutionized society were born from a thought that materialized little by little. To care for and give recognition to the authors, patents were created. With this, the creators protect their inventions from imitators, preventing others from making money with other people’s …

The Art of Rolling Objects on a Parasol

(日本語はこちら) The skill of spinning and balancing objects on a spinning parasol is one of the most famous forms of Edo Daikagura, the traditional form of Japanese juggling that dates to the 1600s. The traditional types of objects spun on parasols include silken balls, small rings, coins, tea cups, and wooden boxes. In Japanese, the skill, which is translated into …

Soviet School of Juggling – Cold War on Juggling

Alexander Kiss. (Haz clic aquí para español.) What is known as the Cold War was an indirect conflict between the two world powers of the time: the capitalist bloc, led by the United States; and the communist bloc, headed by the former Soviet Union. The rivalry of both was not only in the political, economic, social, and technological fields, but …