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Boy Foy – The Unicycling Juggler

Boy Foy was born John Campwell in Glasgow, Scotland in 1919. His parents were Jack and Ann Campwell, better known as the British juggling duo the Melvilles. You can see the Melvilles in the following video. Taking the stage name Boy Foy, John began performing at the age of 7. He regularly practiced 5-8 hours a day and had developed …

Juggling in North Korea – Part 2

In the first part of this series, I talked a little about the history of Korea and explained the causes that unleashed the conflict between the two nations. If you have not read it, I invite you to click here. Since the publication of the first part, I have received information that I did not know. I spoke with some people from …

Book Review – DIY Circus Lab by Jackie Davis

DIY Circus Lab is a new release from Quarry Books, written by veteran circus educator Jackie Leigh Davis. Billed as a “family-friendly guide for juggling, balancing, clowning, and circus-making,”[1] this beautifully laid out book is an accessible, inclusive, and wholly comprehensive classroom for the young circus learner. Davis has been working in circus education for 23 years, and this book …

Forgotten Juggling Props – Table Lamps

In previous articles, I’ve written about juggling props that were once popular but now are more or less completely forgotten. This has included cup sticks, hand bells, firearms, and the Kara Box. In this article, I want to discuss perhaps the most unlikely of juggling props, the table lamp. Believe it or not, table lamps were once extremely common and …

Jugglers at Cirque de Demain 2018

Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, which translates to something like the Global Festival of the Circus of Tomorrow, had it’s 39th edition in Paris last week. As every year, many young circus performers compete for various medals, special prizes and awards. You can also find reviews from previous editions on eJuggle, 2017 and 2016. As in the previous years …

Carl Thorson

Carl Thorson was born into a large family on August 1, 1894 on his family farm, located five miles outside of Madison, Wisconsin, (USA). When he was old enough to go to school, he walked five miles each way. This undoubtedly kept him in peak physical condition, which is something he was known for his entire life.  At some point …

Lothar Lohr and the Saturn Trick

Lothar Lohr was born in Swinemünde, Germany in 1929 and moved to Ahlbeck, Germany in 1949. At the age of 13 he began practicing juggling using potatoes. He made his debut on stage in 1949 and continued performing into the 1980s. He juggled with tennis rackets, bounced tennis balls off of a drum, juggled 7 balls in the air, and …

Review: Tactile by Luke Wilson

Gandini Press just published Tactile, a book written by the late Luke Wilson. I’ve read it, and you might already have too. The book is a collection of essays, blogs and rants, most of which have been published in Kaskade Magazine, on CircusGeeks, or here on eJuggle, where you can still find them today. Though I had read most essays …

Juggling in North Korea

Juggling in North Korea

Jugglers of the Pyongyang state circus. Photo: Gyan Fernando. The talk about North Korea is complicated. Also, talking about juggling in North Korea, given that it is the most secretive country in the world, is something even more complex. I have found little information because in North Korea there is no internet for people and those who can access it …