Sylvester George Schäffer – The Most Virtuous Icarian Juggler

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Sylvester George Schäffer was born in Levice, Slovakia (formerly of the Astro-Hungarian Empire), on December 31, 1859. His father, Karl Schäffer, (juggler and artist who worked alongside Josef Kremo, grandfather of juggler Kris Kremo), and his mother, Susanne Peisensteiner (daughter of a master tailor), taught him a wide variety of arts at an early age, …

The Sad Tale of Signor Vivalla: P.T. Barnum’s Juggler

Whether it’s through the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus or via the recent movie “The Greatest Showman,” most readers will recognize the name of famed promoter P.T. Barnum. Barnum lived from 1810 to 1891 and hailed from Connecticut in the USA. While much has been written about his later years, few people know that Barnum started his show …

Susana’s Resurrection

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Susana would not imagine that, in an oversight, her life would be faced with fire, which she was able to dominate. Like the phoenix, she with her tears was reborn from the ashes of a life that still needs to tell a thousand stories. I met Juan Arturo Rosales more than three months ago. He …

Jugglers of the World – Santi Malabari

(Haz clic aquí para español.) “What’s your full name?” “You mean my full, real, secret name that almost nobody in the juggling community knows?!?” “Yes.” “I don’t know if I can tell you that!” He did indeed tell me! But I’m sorry, readers, I promised not to tell. Santi Malabari, as he is known throughout the juggling community, has chosen …

Maruichi Senoh – Japan’s oldest juggling master

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Master Senoh has on his back the legacy of more than 400 years of history of traditional Japanese performing arts: Edo Daikagura. This style comes from the Kagura (entertainment for the gods), and from Edo (from the Edo or Tokugawa period). It began as a religious rite to ward off evil spirits and welcome the …

Interview with Camilo Londoño

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Camilo Londoño Cortes is a young and talented juggler born in Pereira, Colombia, in 1999. He began juggling at an early age. He was going to study mechatronics, but decided to pursue juggling. He studied circus at the National Learning Service (SENA) and he currently works in private events, in theaters, and at traffic lights …

Adhikari Saraswati – The hula hoop social activist in Nepal

Adhikari Saraswati. Photo: circusakathmandu.com (Haz clic aquí para español.) Rural villages in Nepal are struggling to survive despite the earthquake that shook the country on April 25, 2015, which left more than 8,000 dead. In this place, the absence of the government is evident. The houses are built with bricks and it is difficult for children to access education. In …

Regina Baranton Interview

Regina Baranton was a member of the famous Baranton Sisters foot juggling / antipodism duo with her sister Eliane, a successful solo performer, and the wife of famed comedy juggler Gil Dova. Recently, I interviewed her about her life and career. Regina Baranton David Cain (DC): Can you tell us a little about when and where you were born? Regina …