Felix Sürbe Interview

Felix Sürbe is one of the most popular young jugglers online and at juggling events in Europe. Today we get to know him a bit better and see some of his amazing juggling. eJuggle: Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself apart from juggling? FS: Sooo, I was born in Germany on the 12th October 2000 and then …

Songs About Juggling – Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, I shared ten music videos of songs about juggling or jugglers. In part 2, we look at ten more videos, including three longer format videos containing multiple songs. Let’s get started. The Passing Zone has not one, but two music videos featuring songs about juggling. One is their theme song and the other is …

Music and Juggling

Both juggling and music can be exhausting to perform and becoming successful at either one relies heavily on one’s ability to develop muscle memory as well as focused, repetitive training. Having spent an immense amount of time practicing juggling and studying music, I have become interested in analyzing their similarities, differences, and how they can function together. There are some …

Songs About Juggling – Part 1

Juggling and music have many things in common. They each deal with rhythm and duration, can both be described mathematically, and both can be used to entertain both the practitioner and an audience. Most juggling acts are accompanied by music. There is even a long tradition of jugglers playing music while performing juggling tricks. I wrote an article on that …

Newly Discovered Film of the First IJA Conventions

1948 IJA Convention The archives of the Museum of Juggling History contain many hundreds of films, VHS tapes, and DVDs. Many of these have yet to be viewed or digitized due to time and financial constraints. Of all the films that have been viewed, one of the most remarkable is a film that shows footage from the 1948, 1951, and …

Ryder Schwartz – Gone But Not Forgotten

Warren “Ryder” Schwartz was born Sept. 6, 1966. Growing up in Austin, Texas, he practiced gymnastics starting at age 3 and taught himself to juggle several years later after seeing Austin juggler Turk Pipkin perform.  Ryder took great joy in entertaining anyone who would watch. His performing career began at a Renaissance festival. At the age of 14, he was …

The Invention and Reinvention of the Plastic Spinning Plate: Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, I detailed the creation of the plastic spinning plate by John Hyatt and his company, The Whirley Corporation, in 1958 and it’s great success. In this conclusion to the article, we’ll examine the many copycats that popped up to try to mimic the Whirley Whirler’s success, some unsuccessful variations on the design, it’s lasting …

The Invention and Reinvention of the Plastic Spinning Plate: Part 1

In the juggling world, some props change quite a bit over time while others remain the same. If you compare a modern plastic ring to one of Rudy Horn’s plastic rings from 1945 (shown below), the only real difference is the thickness of the ring. Rudy Horn’s plastic ring from 1945 (left) next to a modern ring However, if you …

The History of Poi Swinging Within the Juggling Community

The art of spinning poi originated with the Maori people of New Zealand. It is not known when poi dancing was created by the Maori, but it pre-dates their first contact with Europeans in the early 1800s and likely goes back to as far as 1500 A.D.. Poi is still practiced by the Maori, but for this article, we will …