Interview with Jack Denger

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Jack is a very young juggler, and one of the best of his generation. He has participated in the most rigorous competitions in the world of juggling. From his beginnings in the World Juggling Federation, Jack showed his talent, winning the first places in each category in which he competed. Also, Denger has taught juggling …

Remembering IJA Videographer Henry Benton, 1971-2020

As we virtually celebrated the IJA Festival last month, we honored the memory of Henry Benton, who typically spent most of the fest behind a camera lens. Henry passed away on March 14th in Florida after battling a non-smoker’s type of lung cancer, diagnosed last July. Many jugglers remember Henry’s presence as an official IJA videographer, a job he took …

Seven club backcrosses

(Haz clic aquí para español.) One of the great feats of juggling, which we all want to flaunt, is to do seven clubs backcrosses. Seeing seven objects thrown from behind in the air, and receiving them one by one, must feel extremely cool. In the history of juggling, very few have done that difficult trick. Some are: Anthony Gatto, Vova …

Billie Henderson obituary

(Haz clic aquí para español.) I deeply regret the death of Billie Lou Henderson on June 12, 2020. I had conversations with her for a couple of months. I wrote, thanks to her, an article about her family (can read it here). My dialogues with Billie were interrupted by various situations: the difference in country timezones, her age at the …

Ron Graham Obituary

We are sad to report the passing of former IJA President Ronald Graham (1935 – 2020) on July 6th, 2020. Ron was a well-known figure in the juggling world and nothing less than a major celebrity in the world of mathematics. To learn about his huge contributions to mathematics, you can read the obituary published by the American Mathematical Society …

Michael and Tux – The Dinnerware Juggling Brothers

Michael and Tux (real name Victor) were the sons of the German tightrope walker and musical clown Willko. Their last name was Kopelky.  The 2 Willkos, Michael and Tux’s parents After his sons were born, Willko taught them music and juggling. The two boys were hailed as musical prodigies, playing accordion, violin, and their specialty, the xylophone. Michael and Victor …

Ruth Carlsson

(Haz clic aquí para español.) Ruth Carlsson Wollbruck was a juggler and film actress in Hollywood. She was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1919. As a child, she was always very active; she liked to learn performing and visual arts. She painted watercolors with needlepoint embroidery, and created fashionable dresses. Ruth married Carl Carlsson, a juggler who starred in the …