D’Alvini – Juggler and Magician

D’Alvini (1847-1891) was born William Peppercorn in England. He was a famous magician and juggler. He was the cousin of celebrated clown Governelli, who also took on an Italian sounding name to seem more mysterious. D’Alvini traveled to Japan at one point, where he learned many skills and even began passing himself as Japanese. Before launching his solo career, he …

Marko – the Juggling Chimpanzee

Marko and the Henderson family. (Haz clic aquí para español.) In 2019 I wrote an article about the amazing juggling tricks performed by apes (you can read it here). This time, I will write about a little-known primate, but his extraordinary abilities would possibly make him the best circus performer of his species. Marko was the chimpanzee of the artist, …

Interview with Carlos Muñoz “Sombra”

Sombra. Photo: Norbi Whitney (2014). (Haz clic aquí para español.) Carlos Muñoz “Sombra” is one of the best jugglers in South America and a benchmark for the creative style of juggling in the world. He was born in Antofagasta, Atacama Desert, Chile, in 1984. He began his artistic career in early 2000, with the theatrical theories of the Frenchman Jacques …

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

(Haz clic aquí para español.) November 25 is the commemorative day against violence against women. This scourge has increased in recent years, according to United Nations UN Women reports. This organization estimates that two out of every three women have suffered some type of violence or know someone who suffered it during the pandemic. Although many countries have carried out …

Juggling Kids – Part 2

(Haz clic aquí para español.) In the first part of the “Juggling Kids” series (you can read it here) I talked about the story of Jim and Val. Now, we will see the incredible process of four juggler girls who, without a doubt, will contribute significantly to the future of juggling and the circus. The Fiery Jack family Gordon Jack, …

Mikhail and Ksenia Pashchenko – Russian Juggling Pioneers

When important early Russian jugglers are mentioned, usually the names Massimiliano Truzzi and Alexander Kiss come to mind. However, there were Russian juggling stars before them, most importantly the husband and wife duo of Mikhail and Ksenia (Xenia) Pashchenko. Not much is known about the Pashchenkos’ background or life. It is known that Mikhail Pashchenko was born in 1854 and …

Juggling Kids – Part 1

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Juggling is one of the most complete activities for the physical and mental training of a child. Some of the benefits are: it helps with self-esteem and confidence; contributes to motor skills, agility, flexibility, coordination and balance; improves concentration, logic, understanding and socialization. Therefore, children greatly benefit from learning to juggle with at least three …

Remembering Ron Henon

Ron Henon is not a name that most in the juggling community are aware of, but he was an accomplished juggler for several decades. He was born on January 24, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He taught himself to juggle and ride the unicycle around the age of 13. He soon met the famous clown Emmett Kelly and was greatly influenced …