The Museum of Juggling History – A Guided Tour (Part 3)

At the 2019 IJA Festival, I was asked by a number of people why I didn’t bring the Museum of Juggling History collection like I did two years earlier. I explained that I couldn’t bring the collection and be the Festival Director at the same time. When I attended the European Juggling Convention a few weeks later, I had to …

Introducing Modern Vaudeville Press

The juggling community as a whole knows Thom Wall as “the Vaudeville Sensation.” But more and more people are discovering this Cirque du Soleil alum is also the catalyst of a publishing sensation called Modern Vaudeville Press (MVP.) The company is dedicated to scholarly books about the circus and variety arts. Wall is the founder of the company and works …

The Museum of Juggling History – A Guided Tour (Part 2)

At the 2019 IJA Festival, I was asked by a number of people why I didn’t bring the Museum of Juggling History collection like I did two years earlier. I explained that I couldn’t bring the collection and be the Festival Director at the same time. When I attended the European Juggling Convention a few weeks later, I had to …

The Museum of Juggling History – A Guided Tour (Part 1)

At the 2019 IJA Festival, I was asked by a number of people why I didn’t bring the Museum of Juggling History collection like I did two years earlier. I explained that I couldn’t bring the collection and be the Festival Director at the same time. When I attended the European Juggling Convention a few weeks later, I had to …

Incredible acts performed by monkeys

(Haz clic aquí para español.) It is curious to see a monkey assisting a juggler, but it is more surprising to see a monkey do acts that only people with a lot of training can do. Throughout the history of the circus, we have seen incredible acts performed by animals, from stunts to balances. What you will see is something …

Dave Parker

Dave Parker was born David Waterman on July 7th, 1934 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His father owned a cigar shop. When World War II broke out, the Waterman Family, being Jewish, went into hiding in Bergen, North Holland. Fortunately, Dave’s father had the foresight to take all of his merchandise from the store with him, and so the family was able …

Jugglers in the First World War – Part II

(Haz clic aquí para español.) This second part of Jugglers in World War I has several names of jugglers that I had previously never heard of. As I wrote before, there is no detailed information about each one’s life. In many cases, there is no photographic record; we know of them only from brief mentions in newspapers of the time, …

Newly Discovered Harry Lind Films

Harry Lind is an icon in the history of juggling in the United States. He was a talented performer from 1900 to 1919 and was supposedly the creator of the triple singles pattern with four clubs, which he called “pop ups.” He was considered one of the best club swingers in the world as well. In 1919, he began making …

Jugglers in the First World War – Part I

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Juggler entertaining the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps on the British West Front in France. Photo: David McLellan. The First World War brought with it a great tragedy for the circus arts of the time. The owners of the circuses were severely affected. Many of them had to leave everything to enlist in the ranks of …