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 …

Ron Graham Obituary

We are sad to report the passing of former IJA President Ronald Graham (1935 – 2020) on July 6th, 2020. Ron was a well-known figure in the juggling world and nothing less than a major celebrity in the world of mathematics. To learn about his huge contributions to mathematics, you can read the obituary published by the American Mathematical Society …

Michael and Tux – The Dinnerware Juggling Brothers

Michael and Tux (real name Victor) were the sons of the German tightrope walker and musical clown Willko. Their last name was Kopelky.  The 2 Willkos, Michael and Tux’s parents After his sons were born, Willko taught them music and juggling. The two boys were hailed as musical prodigies, playing accordion, violin, and their specialty, the xylophone. Michael and Victor …

Ruth Carlsson

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Ruth Carlsson Wollbruck was a juggler and film actress in Hollywood. She was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1919. As a child, she was always very active; she liked to learn performing and visual arts. She painted watercolors with needlepoint embroidery, and created fashionable dresses. Ruth married Carl Carlsson, a juggler who starred in the …

Sylvester Schäffer Jr. – The Most Talented Man in the World

Sylvester Schäffer, Jr. (1885-1949) was the son and grandson of professional jugglers. His grandfather was Karl Johann Schäffer (1824-1917), who was trained by famous juggler Karl Rappo (1800-1854). Karl’s sons, Sylvester (Sr.) (1859-1934) and Severus, were both skilled jugglers. This was especially true of Severus, who gained a reasonable amount of fame. You can read an article I previously wrote …

COVID and juggling

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The current situation in the world has changed the way of training and exposure of many disciplines. Juggling was no exception to the threat of the virus and the chaos of the pandemic. How has the virus has changed the way of seeing the juggling? How has the level of jugglers changed during the quarantine? …

Felovis

Felovis was a juggler from Neuchatel, Switzerland, born Georges Marti in 1891. His family moved to Geneva when he was 9 years old. As a young teenager, while still a student and hobbyist, he performed his first show, which was a big success. He worked as an architect, but his hobby of juggling led him to pursue performing as a …