eJuggle: Profiles

Andy Sapora plays the Met

Which gig is the most significant gig? A successful one-man show on Broadway? A movie first stunt roll with residuals? An ongoing stage performer with a long-term theater run like The Flying Karamazov Brothers? Or a premier player in a significant Metropolitan Opera production in New York? Andy Sapora has done them all except for the first two. The IJA …

Carl Baggesen – The Clumsiest Juggler of All Time

Carl Baggesen is not a name known by many modern jugglers, but he was a star in the days of vaudeville. Baggesen was born in in 1858 in Odense, Denmark and initially began performing as a contortionist, using the stage name of Klischnigg. In the early 1890s, he came to the United States to perform in vaudeville and soon developed …

Boy Foy – The Unicycling Juggler

Boy Foy was born John Campwell in Glasgow, Scotland in 1919. His parents were Jack and Ann Campwell, better known as the British juggling duo the Melvilles. You can see the Melvilles in the following video. Taking the stage name Boy Foy, John began performing at the age of 7. He regularly practiced 5-8 hours a day and had developed …

Tony Frebourg, Diabolo – ep12 Juggle Jabber

Tony Frebourg is a diabolo player from France, and he’s one of the best numbers jugglers with diabolo. He holds many world records such as the record for 5 high and 6 high, but be sure to watch this video to discover about his incredible ball, bouncing and even devilstick skill! Currently he is a full time performer with cirque …

Bridging the Gap from Vaudeville to the Internet: Mark Nizer

This marks the first in what will hopefully be a semi-regular series on jugglers in the 40’s-late 50’s age group. The internet had not yet exploded, and while there were some books out there,  jugglers in this age range learned and developed with the mentorship of others. In the cases here, these men and women bridge the gap between the …

Carl Thorson

Carl Thorson was born into a large family on August 1, 1894 on his family farm, located five miles outside of Madison, Wisconsin, (USA). When he was old enough to go to school, he walked five miles each way. This undoubtedly kept him in peak physical condition, which is something he was known for his entire life.  At some point …

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Ben Beri

Ben Beri was an American juggler popular from the late 1920s to the early 1960s.  He performed in a tuxedo, exuding an air of elegance, but included a great deal of comedy that bordered on slapstick at times. He was taught to juggle at the age of 6 by well-known vaudeville juggler Jack Greene. Below are three descriptions of Beri’s …