eJuggle: Opinion/Theory/History

Newly Discovered Ollie Young Photos and Information

Three years ago I wrote an article on innovative juggler Ollie Young. Ollie (1875 – 1946) was from Columbus, Ohio (USA) and is remembered for a few notable reasons. First of all, he is credited as the inventor of kick ups with clubs and was one of the finest club jugglers prior to the twentieth century. He was the first juggler …

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Billy Tirko and the Juggling Props of Edward Van Wyck

Billy Tirko (1906-1998) was an American juggler who performed from the 1920s until the 1960s. He specialized in club juggling, combination tricks, and ball and mouth stick work. Dick Franco wrote a long biography about Billy that was published in the Winter 2009 issue of JUGGLE Magazine, so I won’t repeat what was written in that excellent piece. Instead, I …

The Oldest Known Films of Juggling 1895-1925

As a juggling historian, I’m always on the lookout for very old films of juggling. Many films of juggling greats have been lost to time, including those of Cinquevalli and Morris Cronin. However, we do have some very old juggling films. Here are the oldest that I’m aware of that are online and two that are being placed online for …

Unexpected Photos of Famous Jugglers

As I look through the 13,000 photos in the archives of the Museum of Juggling History, I occasionally come across photos of famous jugglers doing tricks or using props that are unexpected. Imagine coming across a photo of Enrico Rastelli doing diabolo or Anthony Gatto swinging poi. Well, below are examples that I’ve found that seem equally incongruous. I hope …

A 1912 Book and Catalogue From Edward Van Wyck

Juggling prop maker Edward Van Wyck opened for business in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) in 1895. In 1900, Van Wyck published a well-known book titled “America and Europe’s Greatest Jugglers.” This book featured jugglers from the USA and Europe using Van Wyck’s juggling and circus props. You can see this book by clicking here. While that book is fairly well-known among …

Candle Flipping with Gimmicked Candles

In a past article, I wrote about Salerno’s amazing self-lighting candle, which you can read about by clicking here. Since then, I have found another method of performing the trick as well as a different gimmicked candle trick. I believe these two could be combined into one routine. The Self-Lighting Candle Unlike Salerno’s self-lighting candle, which used a battery and …

Paul La Croix- The Inventor of the “Dancing Hats”

Paul La Croix (Paul Murphy) was born in 1878 and began his career as a vaudeville juggler around 1895. He performed until at least 1915. While he got good reviews on the vaudeville circuit, he would be almost completely forgotten except for his invention of a juggling trick that is still performed today. This trick is known as the “bouncing …

Frankie Ferrer

Frankie Ferrer was born in 1938 into a family of poor farmers on a sugar cane plantation on the Philippine Island of Negros. As a young boy, he worked in the sugar cane fields. At the age of 14, he ran away from home and eventually joined up with a circus, doing whatever needed to be done to earn his …