Jugglers, Past and Present by M. S. Mahendra – A History of Juggling

In an ongoing attempt to bring to light past attempts to summarize the history of juggling, I want to bring to you Jugglers, Past and Present, an article from 1944 that appeared in The Linking Ring magic magazine. The article was written by M. S. Mahendra (Francis B. Sterling), but mainly contains the recollections of old time jugglers Gus Kiralfo …

Object Episodes 11

Object Episodes is an ongoing discussion between Jay Gilligan and Erik Åberg about the past, present, and future of juggling. These recordings are evidence of one long form dialogue which took place during 24 consecutive hours, split into two sessions. Each episode brings a new chapter to the conversation. Juggling is examined as a community, culture, art form, activity, concept, …

Antique and Vintage Juggling Knives and Axes

Knives, swords, and axes have long been popular juggling props, pre-dating the use of clubs by thousands of years. In Chapter 8 of the Liezi, a very old collection of Daoist sayings, we read about a juggler who lived during the reigh of Duke Yuan of Song (531-517 BC). The passage reads: In the State of Song there lived a …

Juggling In Historical Life and Death Situations

Juggling is considered by many to be a difficult skill to learn. Juggling on a stage in front of a paying audience puts even more pressure on a juggler. But there have been examples throughout time of individuals who chose to juggle under dangerous circumstances in the hopes of that doing so would be advantageous. Let’s look at some of …

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

(Haz clic aquí para español.) November 25 is the commemorative day against violence against women. This scourge has increased in recent years, according to United Nations UN Women reports. This organization estimates that two out of every three women have suffered some type of violence or know someone who suffered it during the pandemic. Although many countries have carried out …

Big Apple Circus 2021

BAC is back, with new acts, a never before seen line-up and a new administrator and owner. Seventh generation circus legend Nik Wallenda is not only the finale performer, but he’s the new owner as well. There are nine multinational acts including a bounce juggler and a Risley act, plus Johnny Rocket as skill clown between acts. Elli Haber starts …

Object Episodes 10

Object Episodes is an ongoing discussion between Jay Gilligan and Erik Åberg about the past, present, and future of juggling. These recordings are evidence of one long form dialogue which took place during 24 consecutive hours, split into two sessions. Each episode brings a new chapter to the conversation. Juggling is examined as a community, culture, art form, activity, concept, …

Mikhail and Ksenia Pashchenko – Russian Juggling Pioneers

When important early Russian jugglers are mentioned, usually the names Massimiliano Truzzi and Alexander Kiss come to mind. However, there were Russian juggling stars before them, most importantly the husband and wife duo of Mikhail and Ksenia (Xenia) Pashchenko. Not much is known about the Pashchenkos’ background or life. It is known that Mikhail Pashchenko was born in 1854 and …

New Findings on the History of Ring Juggling

When we think of juggling rings, we almost always think of a fairly flat circle with a large hole in the middle. The modern style of ring that we’re familiar with now was primarily introduced to the juggling world by Jenny Jaeger (1909-1986), Paolo Bedini (1914-1974), Angelo Piccinelli (born 1921), and Italo Medini (1922-2015) in the late 1920s and early …