Joe Taylor Obituary

(Author’s note: Much thanks to Scott Cain for the use of a great deal of the research and writing on Joe Taylor that he had previously done.) We are sad to announce that the first person of color to join the IJA, Joe Taylor, passed away on December 20th, 2019. Joe had a successful career as a performer in the …

Rudy Cardenas Obituary

It is with great sadness that we report that legendary juggler Rudy Cardenas passed away on December 16th, 2019. Rudy Cardenas was one of the brightest juggling stars of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The incredible Mexican juggler was born March 19th, 1926 and started his performing career around 1929. By the age of seven he could perform 5 balls …

Some pictures of the Five Aberts

(Haz clic aquí para español.) After reading the wonderful article by David Cain about the Soviet juggler Edward Abert, founder of the Soviet group called Five Aberts, I wanted to publish some photographs about the artistic journey of the Albert family. The photos show Edward Abert when he was young; to his brother, Igor Abert; To his father, Boris Abert; …

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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 …