Mark Nizer on the “Drop Everything” podcast with host Dan Holzman

Drop Everything Podcast #17: Running time (59:47) Words of wisdom from one of the world’s most successful jugglers. Mark Nizer has been a top professional juggler since the early 1980’s. In this podcast he discusses his history, juggling performance tips, practice philosophy, and what it takes to make it in the world of professional juggling. Also on itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/il/podcast/ejuggle/id1063204159

Jugglers – Where Are They Now: Part 1

As a middle aged juggler (45), I have some years under my belt as a juggler, performer, and attendee of IJA Festivals. My first festival was in 1985 in Atlanta. I only attended for a day, but it was enough to know that I wanted more. It was also around this time, and just before, that I started reading about …

Ben Beever Obituary

It’s with sadness that we report the passing of British juggler Ben Beever. He fell off of a balcony on Saturday and died as a result. Ben was born in 1976 and worked as a mathematics teacher and held four degrees, including a Masters of Mathematics and a Masters in Cognitive Science. Ben was well known in the juggling world …

Ferry Mader: A Master Juggler With Cups, Saucers, Candles, And Hats

Very few jugglers have ever heard of Ferry Mader. This is true for even those who are fairly well read about the history of the art. However, most jugglers are aware of one of the tricks he invented and would be astounded at some of his other feats. Ferry Mader was born Ferry Xaver on May 29th 1884 in Augsburg, …

Eva Vida – The Glamorous Juggler

Different jugglers are known for different things. Lottie Brunn was known for her speed. Ernest Montego was known for his grace and Kris Kremo for his stylish flair. Eva Vida was known for her glamor. In fact, many of her publicity photos included the words “Glamour and Novelty” on them. From her props to her costume, her tricks to her …

Steven Ragatz on the “Drop Everything” podcast with host Dan Holzman

Drop Everything” podcast #16. This podcast features an interview with long time Cirque du Soleil juggler and cast member Steven Ragatz. This acclaimed juggler, workshop leader and mentor shares the wisdom and experience he’s gained during his long and successful career. Also on itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/il/podcast/ejuggle/id1063204159

Jay Gilligan on the “Drop Everything” podcast with host Dan Holzman

Drop Everything” podcast #15. This podcast features a conversation with one of the foremost creative influences in juggling today – the master juggler and teacher Jay Gilligan. Recorded at Seattle’s Moisture Festival, Jay discusses his performance and teaching philosophy, insight into his creative process, and much more juggling talk. Also on itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/il/podcast/ejuggle/id1063204159

Interview With Joe Taylor

The Summer of 1987 issue of Juggler’s World magazine, which was the IJA’s 40th Anniversary issue, included an article on Joe Taylor, the first African American member of the IJA, as well as other early black jugglers. The write-up, which can be read here, chronicled some of Joe’s performances and background, but at the end of that article, it stated …

The Elliots – A Three Piece Juggling Family

“Three piece juggler” is a term used to describe a juggler who performs mainly with three balls, three top hats, and three cigar boxes. Many jugglers have worked in this style over the past 100 years. When most historians write about the origins of the “three piece juggling” act, they typically point to the start of Bela Kremo’s career in …