eJuggle: Opinion/Theory/History

Master the Art of the After Show Meet and Greet

You won’t be able to do a meet and greet after every show, but I highly encourage you to find a way to meet your audience when they’re leaving. Whether you stand outside the auditorium doors, or if you just step down from the fair stage to say hello to everyone, it will make an impact. People want to talk …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Theft? or Inspiration!

Most working comedians and jugglers agree that stealing material is wrong but the range of beliefs as to what constitutes “material” is vast. 5 club back-crosses? That’s a trick. Anyone who can do it, should. 5 club backcrosses with a balance? Good luck, but sure, give it a try. 5 club back-crosses while balancing a non-licensed, copyrighted, stuffed coyote on …

7 Things I Wish I Had Known About Becoming a Professional Performer

I have learned something from each and every gig I have had. Sometimes it’s something I should do more of, and sometimes it’s something I need to change for the next one. I could write several books on how to make it as a performer, but for this article I’m going to share with you the top 7 lessons I’ve …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Free at Last, Free at Last

A shout out to all my comedy juggling pals: I’ve been writing a series of articles on joke writing you might want to check out. The series is titled: “Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer” so Google will think that Scotty Meltzer is a comedy writing expert. They’re illustrated by my beautiful and talented, real life American wife, not the fake …

2012 Juggling Year in Review

  Another year has come and gone. The world did not come to an end, but there was plenty of activity going on in the juggling world. Records were broken, festivals took place, and like every year, some individuals picked up their first set of props and discovered juggling for the very first time. Let’s take a look back at …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: More Corporate Comedy

In my previous column I gave you a method to write inside jokes for corporate clients. I focused on corporate after dinner shows. The steps I suggested were: Ask your client and the attendees lots of questions to try to find inside information. It doesn’t have to be secret information, just information they all share and that will surprise them …

Creating a Juggling Combination Trick

Combination tricks are among the most difficult tricks in the world of juggling. The act of taking unrelated skills of juggling and manipulation and merging them into one trick is quite old, dating back at least as far as the Middle Ages. By far the most famous combination trick is the Brunn Finish, popularized by Francis Brunn. The basic idea …

The Historical Juggling Props Museum

Part 1: Getting Started It all started with an email from Alan Howard. He remembered that I had said something years before about wanting to get a Van Wyck juggling club if one ever came available. Edward Van Wyck was the first maker of retail juggling clubs, starting in 1895. His workshop in Cincinnati, Ohio is about thirty minutes from …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Corporate Comedy

There are lots of different kinds of corporate gigs: after dinner shows, awards banquets, sales meetings, customer events, convention keynotes, company picnics, holiday parties, trade shows, training sessions, and teambuilding events just to name a few. Katrine and I love corporate gigs. Aside from all the flying, it’s the most comfortable market we work in. Your shows are always indoors, …