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 …

A Career of Creativity: Jay Gilligan

Jay Gilligan has accomplished a great deal in the world of juggling, and is a very busy man. Originally a hobby juggler from Ohio, Gilligan now resides in Stockholm, Sweden where he heads the juggling program at the Circus School there. When he is not teaching at the University, releasing juggling videos, and playing big shows all over Europe, he’s …

Circus Pages 2012 Show Review

On June 6th, 2012, touring circus show Circus Pages returned to the Lenawee County fairgrounds in Adrian, MI.  They have been coming to this location to perform for many years.  This year however, marked a little bit of a change up for the show, as instead of performing inside one of the usual fair buildings, they performed entirely outside. The …

FKBs in Israel

The Flying Karamazov Brothers were in town recently for the Israel Festival, and I was fortunate to see this classic troupe of comedy jugglers. For the uninitiated, the FKB’s show is a zany combination of juggling, musical instrument playing, terrible puns, and hilarious physical humor and stunts. The Boston Globe got it right when they called it “The Marx Brothers …