Ukrainian Jugglers Weigh in on the War

(Haz clic aquí para español.) “War is the art of destroying men, politics is the art of deceiving them” Jean Le Rond D’Alembert (1717-1783). French philosopher, physicist, and mathematician. For Alexander Koblikov, the war in Ukraine could last for years. However, he proudly highlights the unity of his compatriots. After the surprise Russian attack in Ukraine last Thursday, February 24, …

‘Air Play’ at The New Victory Theater

A high-powered floor fan. A 20 foot long bolt of silk. A juggler. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Include these ingredients and spice it up with humor and physical comedy and what have you got? A lawsuit. No. “Air Play” now though March 5th at the New Victory Theater in NYC and then on continuing …

2021 Museum of Juggling History Video Tour – Part 3

As I stated in the earlier parts of this series, there are very few “juggling destinations” in the world. Some jugglers visit Enrico Rastelli’s tomb in Bergamo, Italy or Paul Cinquevalli’s tomb in London, UK. In recent years, my Museum of Juggling History has become such a spot that jugglers want to visit. Jugglers from Russia, the Netherlands, Hungary, Sweden, …

2021 Museum of Juggling History Video Tour – Part 2

As I stated in Part 1 of this series, there are very few “juggling destinations” in the world. Some jugglers visit Enrico Rastelli’s tomb in Bergamo, Italy or Paul Cinquevalli’s tomb in London, UK. In recent years, my Museum of Juggling History has become such a spot that jugglers want to visit. Jugglers from Russia, the Netherlands, Hungary, Sweden, Germany, …

2021 Museum of Juggling History Video Tour – Part 1

There are very few “juggling destinations” in the world. Some jugglers visit Enrico Rastelli’s tomb in Bergamo, Italy or Paul Cinquevalli’s tomb in London, UK. In recent years, my Museum of Juggling History has become such a spot that jugglers want to visit. Jugglers from Russia, the Netherlands, Hungary, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Canada, Finland, and from across the USA …

The Deadly Show of William Bloomfield

Magician George Grimmond performing ‘catch the bullet’ in 1958. Illustration. (Haz clic aquí para español.) The German juggler and illusionist Wolf Blumenfeld went down in history as one of the artists who had a sad outcome due to mishandling of guns. Wolf Wilhelm Blumenfeld was born on March 28, 1849, in Limburg on the Lahn, Limburg-Weilburg, Hesse, Germany. His parents, …

New Findings on the Turnip Challenge

(Haz clic aquí para español.) In August 2021 I wrote about juggler Jean Bedini’s strange challenge of catching a turnip, thrown from the top of a skyscraper, with a fork held in his mouth. Newspapers in the second decade of the 20th century did enough propaganda for Bedini to become a celebrity. You can read my article here. Following the …

Skeleton Clubs Make A Comeback

From the 1870s until 1960, jugglers in the USA used hollow wooden clubs, primarily made by Edward Van Wyck and Harry Lind. Some Van Wyck and Lind clubs made their way to Europe and other parts of the world, but not in great numbers. Instead, most European jugglers used one of three other types of clubs. One was the cork …

Jay Gilligan Plays New York

Jay Gilligan presents his one-man show, “Reflex” in Brooklyn. The show will be performed 42 times, including the final show on February 19th. Jay performs as many as three shows per day. Original music composed by Book Kennison. The theater features 60 seats. Each seat is close to the stage. Jay explains, “We choose this theater because I wanted to …