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Howard Nichols – Master of Hoop Rolling

Even though William Everhart invented hoop rolling and juggling, Howard Nichols took the skill to another level. Born in 1894 in Ashland, Kentucky (USA), Howard started out performing as part of his family’s juggling group, the Nichols-Nelson Troupe. The group specialized in hoops and diabolos, and often performed on riverboats on the Ohio River at first, before expanding their reach …

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Albert Rebla

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Albert Rebla was a British comedy juggler. His real name was Albert James Stevens. He was born in 1880, in Highbury, London. His stage name was Rebla (Albert upside down without putting the letter T at the end). He began his artistic career when his teacher, Maxime Agoust, invited him to be part of the …

Eduard Abert – Soviet Juggling Star Remembered

When jugglers think of Soviet-era Russian jugglers, names like Alexander Kiss, Sergei Ignatov, Evgeni Biljauer, and Gregory Popovich most often come to mind. However, there was another incredible juggler who was similarly talented. His name was Eduard Abert. Born in 1937, he was the founder of the Five Aberts, a very well-known Soviet juggling troupe that also included his wife, …

Manuel Alvarez: A Photo and Video Collection

Manuel Alvarez was born in Seville, Spain in 1955 into a long time circus family. In 1980, he debuted an act that includes amazing kick ups with 3 and 4 clubs, 5 and 7 rings, up to 4 boomerangs, up to 4 ping pong balls with the mouth, and up to 7 boomerang plates, which he was the first to …

Harry Lind – Legendary Prop Maker

Harry Lind was born in Jamestown, NY (USA) in 1879. He started his juggling career in 1900 and retired in 1919. A future article will examine his performing career. Edward Van Wyck, the first maker of juggling clubs, sold Harry some of his woodworking equipment upon Lind’s retirement and Lind went into production making what would be the world’s finest …

Interview with Esteban Almonacid

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Adolfo Esteban Almonacid Cárdenas is a juggler from Puerto Montt, Chile. He is little known in the international community of jugglers. Some of his videos became popular thanks to other jugglers sharing them in the renowned JugglingRock group. Almonacid has been able to set and break incredible world records, for example: 7-ball world record (16min …

Ryder Schwartz – Gone But Not Forgotten

Warren “Ryder” Schwartz was born Sept. 6, 1966. Growing up in Austin, Texas, he practiced gymnastics starting at age 3 and taught himself to juggle several years later after seeing Austin juggler Turk Pipkin perform.  Ryder took great joy in entertaining anyone who would watch. His performing career began at a Renaissance festival. At the age of 14, he was …