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 …

Time Traveling to See The Juggling Masters

In the new book 200 Historical Jugglers Every Juggler Should Know, written by me and my brother Scott Cain, we took on the difficult challenge of choosing thirty jugglers to be part of a chapter called The Masters. Like all of the jugglers in our book, a juggler had to have started their juggling career by 1994, so many of …

Cirque du Soleil: AlegríA

AlegríA is about the victory of light over darkness. It’s about the quest for knowledge and the will to survive. AlegríA, which means ‘joy’ in Spanish, is Cirque du Soleil’s refurbished production, first presented in 1994 and now back with new costumes and a new look. AlegríA has been seen by over 14 million people in 255 cities around the …

Indigenous North American Jugglers of the Late 1800s

During the late 1800s, performers from many cultures gained fame for their juggling feats. Represented in this array of performers were a few indigenous North American jugglers of whom we know. Uncle Beaver Uncle Beaver was the stage name of James Beaver, who was named for the Beavers Corner community at Six Nations of the Grand River reserve in Canada. …