Sylvester Schäffer Jr. – The Most Talented Man in the World

Sylvester Schäffer, Jr. (1885-1949) was the son and grandson of professional jugglers. His grandfather was Karl Johann Schäffer (1824-1917), who was trained by famous juggler Karl Rappo (1800-1854). Karl’s sons, Sylvester (Sr.) (1859-1934) and Severus, were both skilled jugglers. This was especially true of Severus, who gained a reasonable amount of fame. You can read an article I previously wrote …

Forest fire with fireballs

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Juggling accidents are very common. I think that all jugglers have suffered some kind of injury with juggling. David Cain, in his article called “Juggling Related Injuries and Deaths,” reveals some of the craziest and most unimaginable accidents in juggling. Cases like that of juggler Paul Stephens who suffered second-degree burns from catching a burning …

Juggling Greats of the Past (K – Z): A Video Survey

It happened again yesterday. A juggler contacted me and asked if there was one place online that they could turn to where they could see videos of the great jugglers of the past. I told them that there really wasn’t one place and ended up supplying them with a tons of various links. This has happened before, so there is …

Juggling Greats of the Past (A – J): A Video Survey

It happened again yesterday. A juggler contacted me and asked if there was one place online that they could turn to where they could see videos of the great jugglers of the past. I told them that there really wasn’t one place and ended up supplying them with a tons of various links. This has happened before, so there is …

COVID and juggling

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The current situation in the world has changed the way of training and exposure of many disciplines. Juggling was no exception to the threat of the virus and the chaos of the pandemic. How has the virus has changed the way of seeing the juggling? How has the level of jugglers changed during the quarantine? …

Amazing tricks on unicycles

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Since the unicycle ventured into the circus and juggling, the creativity of the artists has been impressive. So much so, that they have taken the unicycle’s capacity to high levels: unicycle with more than two wheels (vertically), unicycles 4 meters high… The innovation of the tightrope walker and juggler produced totally incredible performances. If just …

Felovis

Felovis was a juggler from Neuchatel, Switzerland, born Georges Marti in 1891. His family moved to Geneva when he was 9 years old. As a young teenager, while still a student and hobbyist, he performed his first show, which was a big success. He worked as an architect, but his hobby of juggling led him to pursue performing as a …

In Search Of Lost Juggling Treasures

The Vin Carey Collection Vin Carey (1898 -1975) was a founding member of the IJA and a former president of the organization. In addition to being a professional magician, clown, and juggler, he was an early collector of juggling props and memorabilia. He owned an incredible collection of props from the early days of vaudeville. The February 1952 IJA Newsletter …

Review of Games for Circus Educators

At Night Owl Circus Arts in Johnson City, TN, Games for Circus Educators has been an invaluable resource. AcroYoga is one of our more popular classes for adults, and we have found that so many of the games listed in Circus Games have integrated well into this class. We’ve been skipping around randomly for about 2 months now, and have …