The Russian Versions of the Rudy Horn Trick

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The famous feat of foot-to-head kicking up of tea cups and saucers on top of a unicycle was created by renowned juggler Rudy Horn. The trick was developed by his father, Rupert Horn, after seeing Rostando do it but on the ground without being in some balance structure. Also, Rupert was friends with Ferry Mader, …

A 34-Year-Long Journey To Winning The IJA Teams Championships

I (David Cain) first competed in the IJA Stage Championships in 1985, at the age of 15, entering the Juniors Championships. While I do have unpublished video of this act, my ego prevents me from sharing it here. Needless to say, it wasn’t good. I tied for sixth place with future NFL Pro Bowl player Kendall Gammon. David Cain, 1985 …

The Inspiring Story of Nazi Shirai

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Her full name is Nazi Aleksandrovna Shirai; but most likely her first name was Nazai. I don’t know exactly where she was born, nor did she. It is believed that it was in Tbilisi, capital of the former Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, on May 1, 1926. From the age of five, Nazi recalls, she was …

Meteor Spinning – A Video Survey

Meteor Spinning is a very old form of juggling / object manipulation the utilizes two weighted objects attached by a long rope. The objects can be balls, bowls of water, torches, or other similar items. Originating in China, it started as a form of martial arts. You can click here to learn more about the use of the meteor as …

Mary Grace Petry – Juggler in the Korean War

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Mary Grace Petry was born on October 11, 1923, in the village of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, United States. Her parents, Louis and Grace Schmettan, and some artist families, introduced her to theatrical art and juggling. Her debut was at the age of 16. She performed alongside her father under the pseudonyms Sandra Joyce and …

More photos of the Five Aberts

(Haz clic aquí para español.) As a reader and follower of the history of juggling, any audiovisual material about a juggler or a group of juggler is very important for me. Through some record, I can investigate, analyze and bring your artistic career to posterity. Especially if it belongs to an artist from which one does not know much about …

Yuri Biryukov – Juggler, Equestrian, and Circus Director

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Yuri Biryukov was one of the best equestrian teachers in the circus world. Most of his life was dedicated to directing shows at the Russian State Circus School (GUTSI) where he was its general director. However, his beginnings in the circus were with juggling, with which he dazzled the Russian audiences with complex balances and …

Kay Farrelli – The Danish Ice Skating Juggler

Kay Farrelli was a Danish juggler who debuted in the 1930s. He was best known for his ball and mouth stick work, club juggling with 3 and 4 clubs, 5 rings, large ball manipulation, and other balance tricks. He juggled with skeleton clubs he made himself. Below you can see some photos from early in his career. After juggling in …

The Incredible Lydia and Leonid Ignatov

(Haz clic aquí para español.) From the beginning, the famous juggler and acrobatic duo defied the limits of the possible within the circus arena. With highly complex tricks they managed to transcend history as one of the best Russian juggling shows. Lydia and Leonid’s connection can be detected as soon as they step onto the stage. To introduce the public …