Remembering IJA Videographer Henry Benton, 1971-2020

As we virtually celebrated the IJA Festival last month, we honored the memory of Henry Benton, who typically spent most of the fest behind a camera lens. Henry passed away on March 14th in Florida after battling a non-smoker’s type of lung cancer, diagnosed last July. Many jugglers remember Henry’s presence as an official IJA videographer, a job he took …

Seven club backcrosses

(Haz clic aquí para español.) One of the great feats of juggling, which we all want to flaunt, is to do seven clubs backcrosses. Seeing seven objects thrown from behind in the air, and receiving them one by one, must feel extremely cool. In the history of juggling, very few have done that difficult trick. Some are: Anthony Gatto, Vova …

Ask David – August 2020

Welcome to my new column for eJuggle, Ask David. In this column, you can ask me for my opinion, advice, or knowledge about anything juggling-related. The idea for this column comes from Jacob D’Eustachio, who suggested it to me and provided the first question, which you can see below. In case you don’t know me and you’re wondering why you …

Eric Zidla – A Career in Photos and Video

Eric Zidla was an Austrian juggler of exceptional technical ability and exuberant stage presence. He was born September 21st, 1926. During World War II, he escaped from the Nazi takeover of Austria and fled to Switzerland with nothing. He found some tennis balls, made sticks from broom handles, and cut rings out of cardboard. With these initial props, he began …

Tribute to Marium Akther

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Marium Akther was a hula hoop activist, athlete and Pakistani cultural manager. Her legacy was and will be inspiration for future generations of hula. Marium’s history is not well known. Few people know about Akther’s achievements. Her life, before the tragic event that took away her happiness, was full of triumphs and joys. Here is …

The Candombe Dance and “The Escobero”

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Candombe is an Afro-Uruguayan dance that combines different cultures from Africa and Uruguay. The dance originated from the time of slavery, in the 18th century. Ships full of slaves arrived at the port of Montevideo to be sold to the highest bidder. Their health conditions were so precarious that only less than 50% of Africans …

Billie Henderson obituary

(Haz clic aquí para español.) I deeply regret the death of Billie Lou Henderson on June 12, 2020. I had conversations with her for a couple of months. I wrote, thanks to her, an article about her family (can read it here). My dialogues with Billie were interrupted by various situations: the difference in country timezones, her age at the …

Who was the first five club juggler?

by Charlie Holland James DeWitt Cook is believed to be the first three club juggler, with print references dating back to 1878, but who was the first to master five and when? To try to answer this I went beyond accounts published in later years by also searching sources from the era. I trawled Newspapers.Com, the Illinois collection, the Internet …

Unique Juggling Tricks and Routines: Part 3

As I look through the over 15,000 photos in the archives of the Museum of Juggling History and of the IJA, I occasionally come across juggling acts or routines that are particularly unique. Unique acts are more rare than you might think, as good acts and routines are quickly copied by other performers. We see this now with jugglers copying …