Mirrored Juggling Props

Mirrors are not exactly the ideal component of a juggling prop. They tend to break and cut, which are not qualities one looks for in a prop. However, that hasn’t stopped jugglers over the years from decorating their props with mirrors. In the days before complex tricks and special lighting, the effect of having mirrors reflect the stage lights was …

The Briatore Juggling Dynasty

(日本語はこちら) One of the oldest and most successful juggling dynasties ever was that of the Briatore Family of Spain. The Briatores were Alessandro (Alex) Briatore (1870-1960) and his nephew Enrico (Rico) Briatore (1881-1965). Hailing from a circus family, they presented an equestrian juggling act as the Briatores in the 1890s and later became a famous clown act known as Rico …

The Girard Family

(Haz clic aquí para español.) (日本語はこちら) History has many things to tell us, but also much to hide from us. On many occasions, researching a juggler, or a group is so difficult that only a couple of names can be found. Sometimes artists leave no trace; it seems that they did not want their lives to be known in this …

Forgotten Juggling Props: Wagon Wheels

(日本語はこちら) I have written extensively about juggling props that were once quite popular but are now more or less forgotten as ever being used in the artform. Examples of these include table lamps, hand bells, and tobacco pipes. Another such forgotten prop is the subject of this article: wagon wheels. Wagon, cart, or chariot wheels were balanced, spun on poles, …

The Almiros

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The Almiro. Photos: variety arts enterprises. The group of jugglers and acrobats, The Almiros, consisted of Albert and Mina Sahlström. The name of the duo changed several times during their 40-year artistic career. In lateryears, they added a new member, so they called themselves The Almiro Trio. Albert Sahlström was born in Denmark on May …

A Look At Notable Shaker Cup Jugglers

(日本語はこちら) Many jugglers don’t like shaker cup juggling due to the sound they tend to make, but the skill can be very impressive and creative in the right hands. Today we will look at some history of those who have specialized in the juggling of shaker cups. There are obviously other very talented jugglers who use shaker cups, but I …

Jugglers with Physical Disabilities at Traffic Lights

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Inspired by David Cain’s article, which deals with jugglers who have some physical disability, I began to investigate, along the same lines, artists at traffic lights in Latin America. I found several who wanted to be in the article. I hope to get a second part. Pipo Abraham Mauricio Almaraz Hernández was born in Tequisquiapan, …

Newly Discovered Historical Juggling Videos – Part 3

(日本語はこちら) Historic films of jugglers continue to be discovered and uploaded to the internet all the time. Often, the jugglers in the videos are ones I’ve written about previously and sometimes are the first films of the juggler that the modern public has seen. Many such films have been uploaded recently to various Facebook groups, so I decided to compile …

Zirka – Ukrainian Solidarity Circus

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Zirka’s presentations at Terra Botánica ended on June 5. However, the displaced, the wounded, the dead and the missing in Ukraine continue to rise. How to explain to the world, in one hour, the terrible consequences of the war in Ukraine with the art of the circus? An answer to the previous question would be …