Toscanelli

Toscanelli was born Heinrich Goldschmidt in Wurzburg, Lowever Franconia in Germany’s Bavaria region on July 19, 1914. He was the son of Josef Goldschmidt (from Wurzburg) and Hannchen nee Froehlich (from Unteraltertheim, Lower Franconia) and his siblings wer Leopold, Max, Recha, Moses, Lotte, Bernhard and Emanuel. His grandparents, Isaak Leopold and Karoline nee Stern owned the only Jewish hotel in …

Van Wyck Catalog and Performer Advertisements – 1905

Iconic juggling prop maker Edward Van Wyck put out at least three booklets that acted as catalogs for his products and advertisements for jugglers and other variety acts that used them. The most famous one, released in 1900, was titled America and Europe’s Greatest Jugglers. You can view it by clicking here. The next one of which we’re aware is …

The Alpha Troupe and Gregory Troupe – Hoop Rolling Jugglers

Many hoop rolling troupes were established in the late 1800s and early 1900s after William Everhart (click here to read about him) invented the genre. Two successful – but mostly forgotten – troupes from the United States were the Alpha Troupe and the Gregory Troupe. They were active at the same time. While not a huge amount of information still …

Paul Conchas – German Strongman Juggler

The art form of heavyweight juggling didn’t reach its heyday until Paul Conchas began his career in 1895. Conchas, a German who was born Paul Huett around 1875, was a master performer and promoter. He was known as “the Military Hercules,” wearing an elite Prussian Household Guard uniform, complete with eagle-crowned helmet. For much of his career, he was assisted by …

Videos From The Vault – Lou Folds

Lou Folds (also referred to often as Lew Folds) was born Louis Foldes in 1905 in Hungary, where his father was the mayor of a small town. His family immigrated to the United States when Lou was an infant. Juggling was Lou’s third career, as he first worked as a professional boxer and then as a professional dancer before taking …

Harry Barrett – The Inventor of Boomerang Hat Juggling

The art of juggling with boomerang hats, also known as flying hats, has been popular for over a hundred years. One of the best boomerang hat jugglers is Argentinian superstar Paul Ponce. You can see his work with them below. The art of juggling straw hats by throwing them out over the audience was invented by American juggler Harry “Pop” …

The Swinging Knock Away Routine

A forgotten routine that was once somewhat common in a juggler’s repertoire is what I like to call the swinging knock away routine. In this series of tricks, the juggler places a cigarette in a volunteer’s mouth and has the volunteer hold small lighted candles in his hands and on his head. The juggler then swings a long string with …

Jugglers at Cirque de Demain 2019

The 40th edition of Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain took place last weekend. Young circus performers showcase their acts, and compete for medals and awards. I saw the A and B show in Paris on the 2nd of February. As every year I will write about the jugglers at the festival. You can find previous reviews here: 2018, 2017, …

Juggling in Africa, part 2

(Haz clic aquí para español.) This is the second part of the Juggling in Africa series. I recently wrote the first part, which you can read by clicking here. Many jugglers have been amazed by these investigations, so I decided to make several parts. Have you ever wondered how the poorest and most neglected countries in the world can be …