Juggling for the dictator

(Haz clic aquí para español.) After the end of World War I, many jugglers had to leave their place of residence to seek better opportunities. The circus was injured, and went through a restructuring process. In 1919, Russia nationalized the circus and the vast majority of artists fled the country. Other circuses were looking for innovative shows for their tours. …

Joe Taylor Obituary

(Author’s note: Much thanks to Scott Cain for the use of a great deal of the research and writing on Joe Taylor that he had previously done.) We are sad to announce that the first person of color to join the IJA, Joe Taylor, passed away on December 20th, 2019. Joe had a successful career as a performer in the …

Some pictures of the Five Aberts

(Haz clic aquí para español.) After reading the wonderful article by David Cain about the Soviet juggler Edward Abert, founder of the Soviet group called Five Aberts, I wanted to publish some photographs about the artistic journey of the Albert family. The photos show Edward Abert when he was young; to his brother, Igor Abert; To his father, Boris Abert; …

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Howard Nichols – Master of Hoop Rolling

Even though William Everhart invented hoop rolling and juggling, Howard Nichols took the skill to another level. Born in 1894 in Ashland, Kentucky (USA), Howard started out performing as part of his family’s juggling group, the Nichols-Nelson Troupe. The group specialized in hoops and diabolos, and often performed on riverboats on the Ohio River at first, before expanding their reach …

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Albert Rebla

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Albert Rebla was a British comedy juggler. His real name was Albert James Stevens. He was born in 1880, in Highbury, London. His stage name was Rebla (Albert upside down without putting the letter T at the end). He began his artistic career when his teacher, Maxime Agoust, invited him to be part of the …

The Juggling Props of Stu Raynolds

I’ve previously written a great deal about the history of juggling props, including articles about props made by Edward Van Wyck and Harry Lind. Many decades later, another round of innovation was achieved by Stu Raynolds. Stu Raynolds Stu Raynolds was born in 1927 in Chicago, Illinois (USA). He was a very strong technical juggler, and attended the first IJA …

Pre-Club Juggling With Linear Props

Toss juggling with clubs can be traced back to James DeWitt Cook. Cook, who was born in 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio in the United States. He was the first to juggle clubs, starting around the late 1870s. It is believed that Cook, who juggled as the “King of Clubs,” used solid wood Indian clubs, and other jugglers copied him, eventually …

Eduard Abert – Soviet Juggling Star Remembered

When jugglers think of Soviet-era Russian jugglers, names like Alexander Kiss, Sergei Ignatov, Evgeni Biljauer, and Gregory Popovich most often come to mind. However, there was another incredible juggler who was similarly talented. His name was Eduard Abert. Born in 1937, he was the founder of the Five Aberts, a very well-known Soviet juggling troupe that also included his wife, …

Big Apple Circus, Season 42

This year Big Apple Circus returns to Lincoln Center in Manhattan for an extended run, through February 2nd. The circus, unlike in years past, has no plans to take the show on the road after February. The traditional circus format remains the order of the day, with singing ringmaster Storm Marrero, clown Amy Gordon, and international acts of high skill …