Félicien Trewey – Juggler and Man of Many Talents

  Félicien Trewey was born Félicien-François Trevey on May 23,  1848. He was a French variety artist who worked as a juggler, magician, mime, tightrope walker, musician, comedian, balancing artist, chapeaugraphist, and shadowgraphist. Trewey was also an amazing card thrower, a lightning sketch artist, and could write backwards and upside down. Trewey’s father was a machinist and wanted his son …

“My Jugglife” by Joey Jordan

The Juggler by Joey Jordan As objects stream across a sky of color and illusion And more of them are sent to fly to heighten the confusion Silent other inanimate objects stand Waiting in utter peace for their master To spin upon his careless hand and blur as they glide faster At war against no enemy To dance into a …

The Villams

The Villams were a juggling troupe formed at the Hungarian State Circus School in Budapest. They graduated in 1956 after five years of training. The act consisted of Janos Csikasz, his wife, Ilona, her brother, Erwin Steiner, Laszlo Barkoci, and Jeno Kovacs. The team performed various acrobatics while expertly passing clubs and were most famous for their three person high …

Albert Petrovsky

11 Rings. (Haz clic aquí para español.) Albert Petrovsky was an extraordinary juggler, pioneer in many tricks, who held a world record that by the time of the 60s seemed impossible to imagine. Alik, as his friends called him, was a complete artist, who mastered rings and clubs with an enviable and inspiring technique. Many knew who he was, but …

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The Veko’s

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The Veko’s was a group of jugglers from the Netherlands. They started as an artist duo consisting of Jan Van der Veken, known as “John Vekos,” and his wife, Jeanne Van der Veken. As a child, Jan Van der Veken was very restless. He did acrobatics and could stand on his hands. He was a …

Joe Taylor Obituary

(Author’s note: Much thanks to Scott Cain for the use of a great deal of the research and writing on Joe Taylor that he had previously done.) We are sad to announce that the first person of color to join the IJA, Joe Taylor, passed away on December 20th, 2019. Joe had a successful career as a performer in the …

Rudy Cardenas Obituary

It is with great sadness that we report that legendary juggler Rudy Cardenas passed away on December 16th, 2019. Rudy Cardenas was one of the brightest juggling stars of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The incredible Mexican juggler was born March 19th, 1926 and started his performing career around 1929. By the age of seven he could perform 5 balls …

Some pictures of the Five Aberts

(Haz clic aquí para español.) After reading the wonderful article by David Cain about the Soviet juggler Edward Abert, founder of the Soviet group called Five Aberts, I wanted to publish some photographs about the artistic journey of the Albert family. The photos show Edward Abert when he was young; to his brother, Igor Abert; To his father, Boris Abert; …