Rose Sheldon – A Pictorial History

Rose Sheldon was a well-known and important American juggler who worked both as a solo performer and with a number of juggling teams / groups during the first half of the twentieth century. Fitzgerald’s Eight Juggling Girls Rose was first a member of Fitzgerald’s Eight Juggling Girls, which performed in the first decade of the 1900s. The troupe was headed …

Chester Dolphin – Juggler, Balancer, and Sword Swallower

  Chester Dolphin was born in 1907 in Worchester, Massachusetts (USA). He began his performing career in 1933 and was a very versatile artist, performing juggling, sword swallowing, unicycling, and hand balancing. His act changed often, sometimes being more of a juggling act and sometimes focusing more on his balancing or sword swallowing. It appears that he was originally focused …

Max Cincinati

Max Cincinati was the stage name of Max Hellwig, who hailed from Berlin, Germany. He was born in 1870 and began performing in the 1890s. As the above image testifies, be performed in the best theaters in Europe and on the top Vaudeville circuit in the United States around the turn of the century. He was one of the better …

The Inspiring Story of Nazi Shirai

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Her full name is Nazi Aleksandrovna Shirai; but most likely her first name was Nazai. I don’t know exactly where she was born, nor did she. It is believed that it was in Tbilisi, capital of the former Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, on May 1, 1926. From the age of five, Nazi recalls, she was …

Mary Grace Petry – Juggler in the Korean War

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Mary Grace Petry was born on October 11, 1923, in the village of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, United States. Her parents, Louis and Grace Schmettan, and some artist families, introduced her to theatrical art and juggling. Her debut was at the age of 16. She performed alongside her father under the pseudonyms Sandra Joyce and …

Yuri Biryukov – Juggler, Equestrian, and Circus Director

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Yuri Biryukov was one of the best equestrian teachers in the circus world. Most of his life was dedicated to directing shows at the Russian State Circus School (GUTSI) where he was its general director. However, his beginnings in the circus were with juggling, with which he dazzled the Russian audiences with complex balances and …

Kay Farrelli – The Danish Ice Skating Juggler

Kay Farrelli was a Danish juggler who debuted in the 1930s. He was best known for his ball and mouth stick work, club juggling with 3 and 4 clubs, 5 rings, large ball manipulation, and other balance tricks. He juggled with skeleton clubs he made himself. Below you can see some photos from early in his career. After juggling in …