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 …

Khosrov Abdullayev – Juggler, Illusionist and Circus Performer

(Haz clic aquí para español.) “The idea of challenging myself in the genre of illusion, of looking at this ancient genre in my own way, lived in me for many years. The illusion attracted me with the opportunity to prepare a large circus…” Khosrov Abdullayev Khosrov was no ordinary artist; His ambition for exploration and innovation led him to create …

Chris Christiansen Obituary

He juggled like a couturier – stylish, elegant and precise Chris Christiansen was born Christian Marin in Reims on 13 January, 1949 and grew up in middle-class circumstances. As a 15-year-old from a family who didn’t have a television of their own, he was watching the TV circus talent show “La Piste aux Étoiles” through a neighbour’s living room window …

Remembering Peter Scolari As A Juggler

Emmy Award-winning American television, Broadway, and film actor Peter Scolari passed away on October 22nd at the age of 66. You can click here, here, and here to learn more about his life and career, but here we will focus on his juggling pursuits. Scolari was one of the most passionate and talented hobbyist jugglers among the many, many global …

Jugglers of the World – Matan Presberg from the USA

Jugglers of the World

_________________ “Someone told me that nobody had ever done 6 balls at 6 years old, so that became my goal.” – Matan Presberg The Early Years Born in Rochester, New York, Matan Presberg grew up in the city, but close to the suburbs.   He would go to school with the city kids and to summer camps with the suburb …

Topper Martyn and His Famous Juggling Family

Topper Martyn was born Victor Clifton Martyn in London, England, in 1923. He was the son of famed Australian jugglers, Martyn and Florence. His mother, Maude Florence Martyn (nee Thyer) came from a circus family with four centuries of history as performers. She had been trained as a juggler by the famed performer Paul Cinquevalli. Topper’s father, also named Victor, …