eJuggle: Profiles

Kellin Quinn’s Surreal Championship

What 15-year-old juggler would open his attempt to win the IJA Juniors title disguised as Rene Magritte’s painting, The Son Of Man? (You remember: the one of a guy in an overcoat, red tie and bowler hat, his face blocked by a large green apple hovering in mid-air.) When the curtain opened on Kellin Quinn at the 2012 IJA festival, …

Natooke Fixed Gear Bike & Juggling Shop

Nestled down in Beijing’s Wudaoying Hutong, not far from the Lama Temple and the Temple of Confucius, is China’s first juggling shop and fixed gear bike shop, Natooke. Founded in 2009 by Ines Brunn and Federico Moro, this shop offers both locals and travelers juggling props and custom made fixed gear bicycles. Ines began her performing career in Germany as …

Brad Weston’s Stagecraft: Costumer

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This column explores different art-forms and the creatives who work in them. We look at how choreographers approach their work, what an improviser needs in his tool kit to do well, and how a painter sees the world. In each case I will apply the techniques of each specific art-form to juggling and demonstrate ways in which we can apply the creativity of other disciplines to our own.

To call Cookie Gluck a costumer may be a little bit misleading. Her work has transcended that title. She has become a highly sought after designer of mascot costumes for sports franchises like the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Lions, and the Boston Celtics. In addition to that, she has created corporate mascots for products ranging from pharmaceuticals to cell phones. Personally, I have spent a lot of time animating her creations from the inside, both as Benny the Bull and as a giant stomach at trade shows for the drug Prevacid. Cookie is a prolific creator and I was grateful for her clearing a part of her schedule to make time for the interview that follows.

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Juggling with the Lights Out – and Winning

Their names are Daniel Ledel and Dominik Harant, both 18 years old, Austrian, and they won the IJA Team championship this year with an astonishing display of club juggling, mostly done in the dark. “It’s just a little bit harder to juggle in the dark,” said Daniel, modestly. “We use glow clubs from Aerotech. Because they are heavier, they are …

Jeff Civillico, Juggling Headliner in Las Vegas and what we can learn from him…

Jeff Civillico, Juggling Headliner in Las Vegas And what we can learn from him… Juggler Jeff Civillico (29 years old) didn’t stop after winning his gold medal 14 years ago in the International Jugglers’ Association’s Junior Championships. There has never been a juggler in Las Vegas who was able to sustain a full show on his own. Jeff opened his …

Robert Nelson aka “The Butterfly Man”

I first saw Robert perform in a dark corner of San Francisco’s Pier 39 in 1979, just after it had opened. There was no stage, no lights, few tourists – with an audience of about six drunks held at bay by a torch juggler. My film partner, Kim Hoeg, and I were amazed at how well he handled the non-stop …

Brad Weston’s Stagecraft: Clown

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This column explores different art-forms and the creatives who work in them. We look at how choreographers approach their work, what an improviser needs in his tool kit to do well, and how a painter sees the world. In each case I will apply the techniques of each specific art-form to juggling and demonstrate ways in which we can apply the creativity of other disciplines to our own.

This month I interviewed one of the world’s greatest clowns, Avner the Eccentric. I first met Avner Eisenberg in 1995 when I was studying theater at Dell Arte. He had a huge impact on me because he had challenged many of the things that made up the artistic rules I had acquired as a self-taught juggler and street performer.

The thing that makes his work such a standout is the way in which he connects to his audience, allowing them to not only be entertained but also to feel moved emotionally. In addition to performing, Avner is a master teacher, so he excels at articulating the artistic principles that make the up the framework of what he does.

In 2002, Avner was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame. He has performed at Lincoln Center and had two long runs on Broadway. He was also cast as The Jewel in the feature film The Jewel of the Nile.

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The passing of Robert Nelson

My heart has joined the thousand… My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped juggling today. Sadly, it is time to retire IJA Life Member Number 83. Robert Nelson, the Butterfly Man, died on August 27, 2012. His passing leaves a void on stages and pitches around the world. I first met Robert at the 1980 IJA convention …

The Madcap Master….Ladies and Gentlemen…..Woodhead!

To watch Mark “Woody” Keppel on stage today is to see a master of his craft. Woodhead is unpredictable, hilarious, charming and above all exceedingly talented. He throws himself, sometimes literally, with reckless abandon into his character and you would never guess that he froze on stage in his very first public appearance. If you don’t know Woody, stop reading …