“New” Bobby May Video and Props

Bobby May is one of the most famous jugglers of all time and deserves such acclaim. At the 2019 IJA Festival, a newly discovered film of Bobby was shown while votes were being counted during the Juggling Film Festival. The film is from a TV show Bobby did with singer Caterina Valente, recorded in Zurich, Switzerland in March 1966. It …

Dream Tricks Challenge # 5 – The Tricks

It’s been almost two years since the last Dream Tricks Challenge, but the wait is over. Most jugglers have probably dreamed of doing or at least seeing certain juggling tricks that have never been accomplished before. Likewise, there are tricks that have been accomplished, but not on video that the public can see. Below are 12 tricks of which I …

“Burning Out”

When training with other jugglers, whether it be at a festival or a local juggling club, I am often warned in a joking manner not to “burn out.” The first few times that this was said to me I took it lightly and did not think much of it. Yet, the frequency with which this comment was made eventually got …

Troba and Capt. Henry Smith – A Photo Album of Strongman Jugglers

Karl Rappo is often considered the first strongman juggler, beginning his performing career around 1825.  Many other heavyweight jugglers followed. You can click here to read about Paul Conchas and here to read about Paul Spadoni. These two famed heavyweight jugglers even had a public feud, which you can read about by clicking here. In this article, we will examine …

Tricks for Trips! – Security Edition

Tips and tricks for jugglers navigating the globe. In this article series, “Tricks for Trips,” I will show you how to travel smart with all of the tricks and lessons I’ve learned from traveling dumb. In this first edition, we’ll take a look at tips for going through airport security. This article is based around many US airport security guidelines …

Paul Spadoni – Strongman Juggler

Paul Spadoni was born Paul Krause in Berlin, Germany on October 3, 1870. He was the son of a restaurant owner. He learned to juggle at the age of 12 and often tossed around items from his father’s restaurant. He made his debut as a performing juggler at the age of 14, performing at a classmate’s birthday party. In addition …

Sorin Munteanu – A Video and Photo Retrospect

Sorin Munteanu was one of the greatest jugglers of which you may have never heard. Hailing from Romania, he was a 7th generation circus artist. He grew up watching his family perform as jugglers and learned the art early on. He remained part of the family act for many years before striking out on his own in 1979. Sorin and …

The Mongadors

The Mongadors were a juggling troupe with a long circus pedigree. Pierre Chambeyron was a well-known 19th century French circus manager and equestrian artist. He married a high-wire artist, Mathilde, and the couple toured with the Circus Clark. Their children, Jeanne, Gaston, and Georges, formed an acrobatic dance act called the Trio de la Rambla.  Georges was a talented juggler …

A Parody Juggling Act From 1896

Occasionally, I am introduced to an old book or other literature about juggling of which I was completely unaware. This is the case for the 1896 book Bunkum Entertainments, written by Robert Ganthony. Ganthony wrote several books on variety arts, but this is the one that includes a chapter on juggling. The act that he describes in the book is …