eJuggle: Opinion/Theory/History

British Pathe Juggling Videos (1925-1941) – Part 1

In July 2018, eJuggle published an article featuring 18 videos of juggling dating from 1925 and older. The reaction to that article was very positive. Four of those videos were from the archives of British Pathe, the famed newsreel and documentary company that ran from 1910 to 1970. The British Pathe archives recorded many other juggling acts that are wonderful …

Juggling in Africa – Part 1

  Rwanda Le Cirque Du Soleil is a social project that teaches the basic techniques of juggling and acrobatics to the children and adolescents of Rwanda. This project works mainly with young people from the village of Kabagendwa, located in the district of Kicukiro, in the city of Kigali. It was created by Mitsinto Viateur. Mitsinto waited several years for …

The Whirligig Balance

Of all the tricks in my Juggling History Show, the Whirligig Balance gets the most consistent positive reaction out of both jugglers and non-jugglers. This is a very old trick, consisting of a spiral or snake-shaped pole that has a plate spinning at the top. The bottom of the pole is balanced on the juggler’s forehead, on a mouthpiece, or …

The Ferronis – Father and Son Juggling Stars

Vittorio Ferroni was known as the Rastelli on Horseback. Born in Italy, but from a long line of Russian circus performers, he began juggling on horseback in 1909 and was a very popular circus performer in the 1920s and 1930s. He performed many amazing routines while standing on the back of a galloping horse. He spun a basin on a …

Pearls of Juggling Articles: Indian Club Swinging as a quality warm for juggling.

I’m always on the hunt for new ways to efficiently warm up into juggling. When it’s done well warming up into juggling is more than just warming up the muscles, it’s opening the body, especially the shoulders and chest, It’s loosening and protecting our tendons. Aligning the body, focusing the mind and charging us up without tiring us out too …

Rudy Horn Obituary

The following obituary uses content from two previous IJA publications (a 1964 IJA Newsletter article by Bob Brock and a 1987 Juggler’s World Magazine article by Sandy Brown) as well as new content by author David Cain. ******** The juggling community has lost one of its brightest stars and biggest icons. Rudy Horn passed away on October 12th, 2018 at …

The Great Feud of the Strongman Juggling Stars

Paul Conchas Paul Conchas and Paul Spadoni were both famed German strongman jugglers. Since Karl Heinz-Ziethen has written a great deal about these two powerhouse jugglers in his recent book, Juggling, The Past and Future, I won’t repeat their biographies here. Instead, I want to share with you the story of a feud that occurred between the two when they …

Art and the Value of “Why”

by Eric Jackson We are, all of us, artists. In making things, as simple as an outfit or as complex as a music composition, we are engaging in the creation of art. It may be easy to reject or dismiss the idea that you’re an artist but whether you recognize it yet or not, you are. At the core of …

Vaudeville Era Tambourine Spinners and Banjo-Playing Jugglers

Previously, I’ve written about performers who combined juggling and playing musical instruments. I also wrote an entire article about the famed banjo juggler Franco Piper, whom you can read about by clicking here. In this article, I’d like to examine some other banjo playing jugglers and some jugglers who specialized in the rare genre of tambourine spinning! Franco Piper The …