Old Juggling Act Descriptions: Part 2 – Henri French and Alfredo Marschall

Stanyon’s Magic magazine was published from 1900 to 1915 and 1919 to 1920. Issues often included descriptions of magic and juggling acts. In this series, we’ll examine some of these juggling act descriptions, focusing on jugglers about whom we know little. These synopses give us great insight into what juggling acts of that period looked like and may give some …

Phil La Toska – The Talkative Juggler

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Phil’s life is a mystery. Historical records give us little detail about La Toska. As a vaudeville performer, the name “The Talkative Juggler” appears on various billboards. The little information that I was able to obtain shows us the feats that he had in his artistic career. If you know any details of Phil’s life, …

Old Juggling Act Descriptions: Part 1 – Essmann, Charles Aldrich, and Frank Sylvo

Stanyon’s Magic magazine was published from 1900 to 1915 and 1919 to 1920. Issues often included descriptions of magic and juggling acts. In this series, we’ll examine some of these juggling act descriptions, focusing on jugglers about whom we know little. These synopses give us great insight into what juggling acts of that period looked like and may give some …

The Arizona’s – Wild West Jugglers

(Before we begin the article, I do wish to point out the inappropriate and cringeworthy nature of the redface aspect of the performers examined in the article. While having European and Caucasian performers depicting themselves as Native American was common place a hundred years ago, that doesn’t excuse the practice in any way. To learn more about the issue, please …

Florrie Rhodesia – Society’s Juggler Lady

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Florrie was one of those jugglers who could pull off the most difficult and most impressive tricks of the 20th century. She brought together several disciplines in the same show, which forced her to spend more than 12 hours a day perfecting each routine. Unfortunately, the press of the time focused more on her beauty …

Juggling during wartime in Nicaragua: Benjamin Linder

(Haz clic aquí para español.) His weapons at the time of the mortal chapter were his dreams of having electricity for everyone. He was armed with three white clubs, some juggling balls, and a unicycle that rode strongly between rural trails. Ben Linder, the utopian juggler and engineer was inspired to work for the good of the community, without distinctions …

Object Episodes 6

Object Episodes is the document of a 13 hour long discussion between Jay Gilligan and Erik Åberg about the past, present, and future of juggling. The recording session was done in one take and each episode brings a new chapter to the conversation. Feedback and thoughts can be sent to objectepisodes@gmail.com along with reflections, suggestions, and responses. See also Episode 1, Episode …

Selma Braatz – Europe’s best female juggler of the 20th century

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Selma’s artistic career is full of praise from the European press, and from the best jugglers, such as Kara and Salerno. Her skills amazed audiences and promoters enjoyed having Braatz in their shows. Selma’s billboards lit up the marquees in Berlin, London, and even Sydney. Every minute of her show was an honor to the …

Ask David – December 2020

Welcome to my column for eJuggle, Ask David. In this column, you can ask me for my opinion, advice, or knowledge about anything juggling-related. In case you don’t know me and you’re wondering why you might want to know my thoughts, here’s a bit about me. I’ve been a professional juggler for 36 years and have performed over 15,000 professional …