Erik Van Aro

Erik Van Aro was born Gerd Eric Horst Scholz in Berlin in 1926 into a family of jugglers. He learned to juggle at a young age and also studied violin. Eventually, Erik traveled and performed with his family’s juggling act, the Aro Company. Debuting as a juggler in 1942, he was performing 9 rings by the next year. In 1946, …

Jugglers in the war in Ethiopia and Angola

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Cuban troops with Cuban artists. To contextualize, I will give a brief summary of the Angolan and Ethiopian civil wars. This, in order to give a clearer idea and set the scene through which the artists I will talk about passed. The civil war in Angola was the longest conflict in Africa. It started after …

Ivan Khromov

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The classic Russian jugglers are characterized by their high technical level, the difficulty of the tricks, the amount of objects thrown in the shows, and for their discipline. Artists like Alexander Kiss, Sergey Ignatov, Evgeni Biljauer, Eduard Abert, and others managed to do some of the most amazing tricks ever seen. The first three jugglers …

Two 19th Century Paintings of Jugglers in Sydney, Australia

The Art Gallery Of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia contains two paintings which are two of the finest examples of jugglers in art. “The Juggler-a village fair” by Fritz Beinke (1873), and “A Juggler” by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1870). Fritz Beinke painted, “The Juggler-a village fair” at the age of 31. Beinke(1842-1907) was a genre painter of the Düsseldorf School. …

Non-Juggling Juggler Trivia Contest

In most trivia contests about jugglers, we obviously focus on their juggling achievements. However, many jugglers have been successful in other endeavors or have a family member who is particularly noteworthy.  The first person to correctly answer the following questions by emailing me the answers at davidcainjuggler@hotmail.com will receive a free one year membership to the IJA and a $20 …

The Props of Ernest Montego in the Museum of Juggling History

Ernest Montego (1936 – 2016) was the first juggler I ever saw after learning to juggle and has been my favorite juggler ever since. I eventually got to meet him and later got to know him and his wonderful wife Lorena over Facebook and Skype. Unfortunately, Ernest passed away in 2016. Ernest Montego and David Cain Lorena and Ernest Ernest …

Four Jugglers With Physical Disabilities

Unknown Juggler with no legs (Courtesy of Michelle Gerdes) Juggling is a skill that is difficult for many people who don’t have a physical disability. Therefore, jugglers who have such disabilities stand out even more. Let’s take a look at four performing jugglers who developed their juggling skills despite a serious physical disability. John P. Thomas John P. Thomas was …

Circus Kirkus

The very first performance of Circus Kirkus took place on January 29th 2020, in Boynton Beach, Florida. Kirk Marsh, juggler, comedian, manager, photographer, and proprietor has put together a team of circus artists, roustabouts, and producers to create a delightful family-friendly, one-ring, old fashioned tent show. In a real tent that must be assembled and broken down after each gig. …

Rostando

Rostando was the stage name of José Perez, a Spanish juggler who had originally been a part of his family’s famous restaurant juggling act, The Perezoffs. The Perezoffs, also known as the Charles Perezoff Company, were started by brothers Charles, José, and Francisco Perez in 1904. In the restaurant act, he played the part of young waiter, doing so in …