The Greatest Juggling Tricks Of All Time (Part 1)

When I first read descriptions of the acts of Enrico Rastelli and Alexander Kiss, I was quite sure that some of the tricks described were hyperbole. I believed that surely the writer had miscounted the number of props being juggled or combined tricks together in his memory. In one or two cases, this was exactly the case. Rastelli juggling 6 …

The Origins of Ball Bounce Juggling

In the internet age, new innovations in juggling spread like wildfire. A new form of juggling can be seen by much of the world days after it’s first performed or even prior to anyone presenting it before an audience. Copycats can crop up almost immediately. One would think that this wasn’t the case 120 years ago, but that’s not necessarily …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: That’s Not Funny!

KATRINE: Client wants us to make jokes about cancer. SCOTT: How much does that pay? Katrine and I just finished doing three days of shows about cancer. This was not the easiest subject we’d ever been hired to write jokes about. Our client makes scanners and linear accelerators designed to find tumors and then blast them with radiation. They made …

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Product Review: Three Finger Juggling “Danger Props”

Background Three Finger Juggling was founded in February of 2013 by British juggler Neil Redding and his American wife, Maureen. Based out of Muskegon, Michigan (USA), TFJ specializes in making juggling knives and other danger juggling props. Neil handles the design and manufacture of the props and Maureen sews and embroiders all the bags and oversees the sales side of …

Vintage “Learn To Juggle” Sets: 1949 – 1976

Most jugglers are quite familiar with Juggling for the Complete Klutz, the 2.5 million selling book (with attached set of three cube shaped beanbags) written by John Cassidy, Darrell Lorentzen, and B.C. Rimbeaux. It’s influence on popular culture and in the juggling world since its publication in 1977 is quite significant. However, it certainly wasn’t the first juggling set intended …

Massimiliano Truzzi – Legendary Juggler

Born in Lodz, Poland on December 4, 1903, Massimiliano Truzzi belonged to a famous Russian / Italian circus family. He learned to juggle from his father, who was an equestrian juggler, as well as from the legendary Enrico Rastelli, who worked for Circus Truzzi in Russia. In 1940 he came to the United States to work for the Ringling Brothers, …

Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: Doctoring Jokes

“Doctor, the audience doesn’t laugh when I do this.” “Don’t do that.” To be a successful comedy writer, either for your own act or for others, you need to do more than write jokes. You also need to be able to fix jokes. Along with being a joke writer, you have to be a joke doctor. Now sure, you could …

Book Review – Jugglers Galore

Paul Bachman, the very well-known juggling performer, historian, and collector, has recently published a wonderful book that anyone interested in juggling history should own.  Jugglers Galore is a hard cover pictorial collection that documents jugglers from the days of vaudeville up to the present time.  It contains 515 pictures from Paul’s personal collection, most of which have never been seen …

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Be Funnier With Scotty Meltzer: I Look At All The Funny People

I’m writing this article on the plane home from the IJA festival in Bowling Green, Ohio. What a fantastic week! If you’ve never been to an IJA festival, I highly recommend it. So much better than those magic conventions where they don’t have hover-chairs or a gauntlet. For me it was a week of learning new tricks, seeing old friends, …