Crossings on One Wheel: Unicycle Deliveries

(Haz clic aquí para español.) A couple of kilometers is the longest distance Carlos has had to travel when delivering an order. In the middle of trails, paths with sharp stones, puddles, mud and steep roads, it does not occur to him to imagine an accident. His self-confidence is stronger than the well-intentioned and intimidating advice of people who watch …

Jugglers of the World: Armand Ouendlamita of Burkina Faso

Jugglers of the World

(Cliquez ici pour lire en français) “The first time I saw circus arts I knew it was what I wanted to dedicate my life to.” – Armand Ouendlamita The Beginnings Born in 1992 in the small town of Koudougou, Burkina Faso, Africa, Armand Rodrigue Ouendlamita has grown to be one of the finest circus artists of Western Africa, with a …

Interview with Sebastián Arcila

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Sebastián Arcila Madrid was born in Envigado, Colombia. At 24 he is one of the best jugglers in a country where juggling is still taboo. He started in this discipline eight years ago, when in his region there were, maximum, twenty jugglers scattered throughout the municipalities of Itagüí, Envigado, La Estrella, Sabaneta, and the city …

Rich Hayes – Eccentric Juggler

Rich Hayes is probably not a juggler you’re familiar with. I’m a juggling historian and was barely familiar with his name and knew nothing of his act or life. Even after I and several other juggling historians looked into his life, we found very little. The following is what we do know. Rich Hayes was an English comedy juggler and …

New discovery about Sylvester Schäffer Jr.

(Haz clic aquí para español.) David Cain is right to describe Sylvester Schäffer Jr. in his article (you can read it here) as the most talented man in the world. Sylvester was a juggler, magician, painter, Icarian, dog trainer, equestrian, acrobat, marksman, violinist, actor, and sex symbol. He performed successfully in each discipline, and achieved virtuosity in them before he …

Jessie Millar – Juggler, Cornetist and Pianist

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Although there is little detailed information about Jessie Millar’s life, we can get an idea of what her artistic career was like by putting together the pieces of newspaper reports, inquiries from experts in vaudeville, theater and music of the 19th and 20th centuries. Jessie was born in Los Angeles, United States, in 1882. She …

Sylvester George Schäffer – The Most Virtuous Icarian Juggler

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Sylvester George Schäffer was born in Levice, Slovakia (formerly of the Astro-Hungarian Empire), on December 31, 1859. His father, Karl Schäffer, (juggler and artist who worked alongside Josef Kremo, grandfather of juggler Kris Kremo), and his mother, Susanne Peisensteiner (daughter of a master tailor), taught him a wide variety of arts at an early age, …

The Sad Tale of Signor Vivalla: P.T. Barnum’s Juggler

Whether it’s through the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus or via the recent movie “The Greatest Showman,” most readers will recognize the name of famed promoter P.T. Barnum. Barnum lived from 1810 to 1891 and hailed from Connecticut in the USA. While much has been written about his later years, few people know that Barnum started his show …