IJA eNewsletter – July 2019

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July 2019

Editors: Don Lewis & Martin Frost


  • 73rd Annual IJA Juggling Festival, El Paso, Texas, July 13-19, 2020
  • 2019 Festival Lost & Found
  • IJA 2019 Board election results
  • IJA 2019 Stage competition winners
  • IJA 2019 Joggling results
  • IJA Games results
  • XJuggling winners
  • Seeking applicants for Future Festivals Site Coordinator
  • The Juggling Edge lists juggling festivals, clubs and more
  • Inspiring others through juggling
  • The Juggler’s Alphabet Book
  • 2018 Festival video available in IJA Store and in eJuggle
  • Latest articles in eJuggle
  • Upcoming juggling festivals


73rd Annual IJA Juggling Festival

El Paso, Texas, July 13-19, 2020

Next year’s IJA festival will be returning to the popular and convenient venues of the 2016 IJA fest in El Paso, TX, where things have been spruced up to be even better. More info will be available by early 2020. Save the dates: July 13-19, 2020.

2019 Festival Lost & Found, by Martin Frost

On the last day of this year’s IJA fest in Fort Wayne, David Cain packed up and took with him a lot of props that had been left behind by attendees.

If you lost props at the fest, email David at festival2019@juggle.org and let him know what you lost. If he’s got your props, he’ll try to get them back to you after he returns from the EJC (which ends August 11).


IJA 2019 Board election results

The 2019 election was overseen by Chief Teller Marilyn Sullivan, assisted by Sean Haddow, Mary Curtin, and Don Lewis.  Seventy four ballots were cast, one was spoiled.

Eric Shibuya 62

Amy Wieliczka 49

Euro Piechocki 64

Scott Steiskal 26

Brian Koenig 08

Art Thomas 04

Other write-in names with one vote each: Matt Hall, Owen Gerloa, Marvin Ong, Shivella Schwab, Tommy Curtin, Nick Aikins, Matan Presberg, Chris Laco, Josh G.

IJA 2019 Stage competition winners

Note: Photos by Emory Kimbrough




Zak McAllister


Eric Jackson 


Elia Taylor 




Zak & Delany


CBO Juggling Team








Kyle Albrecht

IJA 2019 Joggling results

We have several new joggling world records from this year’s IJA world joggling championships, hosted in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

They are:

60 m 3 ball Men’s: Mark Fiore 8.28 sec

60 m 5 ball Men’s: Mark Fiore 8.94 sec

60 m 7 ball Men’s: Kyle Albrecht 36.91 sec

200 m 5 ball Men’s: Kyle Albrecht 1:01.09

200 m 5 ball Women’s: JoAnn Ireland 3:23.63

600 m 3 ball Men’s: Sterling Franklin 1:48.97

600 m 3 ball Women’s: Gabrielle Foran 2:00.38

800 m 3 ball Men’s: Eric Walter 2:13

1000 m 3 ball Women’s: Gabrielle Foran 3:29.07

4 x 200 m relay Men’s: “The Best of the Midwest” Mark Fiore, Sterling Franklin, Nicolas Souren, Craig Muhlenkamp, 2:18.94

4 x 200 m relay Women’s “The Fast Lane” Sarah Kresser, Becky Kresser, Heather Marriott, Laura Kaseman, 4:20.53

The complete list of the 2019 results is available as a PDF file.  A list of the top ten results for all time is also available as a PDF file.

Editor’s note: The complete results are offered as a PDF file because the software that creates this newsletter does not deal well with spreadsheets.

IJA Games results

Diabolo bucket toss — Mark Williams

6-club speed passing in 1 minute — Joshua Nelson and Isaac Canton — 99 catches

5-ball endurance — Mark Fiore — 13 minutes, 45 seconds

Fewest catches of 3 balls in 30 seconds — Mike Moore — 15 catches

Mixed-prop passing endurance — Josh Horton and Jack Denger — 23 seconds — club, ring, ball, desk walker, flower stick, shoe

Hoop combat — Grace Good

5-club endurance — Delaney Bayles — 5 minutes, 15 seconds

Handstand endurance — Daniel Israel — 1 minute, 5 seconds

Quarter juggling — Mike Moore — 3 minutes, 40 seconds

Under-the-leg throw endurance — Jack Levy — 33 seconds

Club-balance endurance — tie — Jared Janssen and Lee Mai — 14 minutes, 33 seconds

Huggling — Zak McAllister and Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse — 4 minutes, 56 seconds

5-hoop-endurance — Grace Good — 1 minute, 45 seconds

Blind juggling endurance — Mike Moore — 4 minutes, 45 seconds

6-club long-distance passing — Jack Levy and Eric Jackson

8-club passing — Kayla Malmgren and Isaac Canton — time not available

7-object endurance — Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse — time not available

3-person wheelbarrow race — Jared Ashton, Isaac Nelson and Nestor Sokhan
Biz Says — Jack Denger

XJuggling winners

3 Clubs Eric Jackson

3 Balls Matan Presberg

3 Rings Mark Fiore

4 Clubs Delany Bayles

4-5 Balls Zak McAllister

4-5 Rings Zak McAllister

5+ Clubs Delany Bayles

6+ Balls Matan Presberg

6+ Rings Spenser Androli

Seeking applicants for Future Festivals Site Coordinator, by Mike Sullivan

IJA’s “advance man” for finding, qualifying and contracting with future festival destinations, Mike Sullivan, is planning to retire from the position after serving since 2008. A year-long training and transition period would commence once the Board approves a successor, and the new volunteer would take over primary responsibility for selecting and negotiating contracts with our festival destinations starting with our 2024 festival.

The position is unpaid, and is year-round. Several hours per week, or more, of office work are required to keep up with new inquiries and existing deals, as well as significantly more time after qualifying and recommending a site.

A significant commitment of time is needed in the role, including out-of-town overnight travel (usually by air) two or more times per year for in-person site inspections of potential festival destinations, attendance at industry conferences, and many hours of office work including telephone conferences, email correspondence, contract negotiations, report writing, document organization, planning and much more.

A well-qualified candidate will have years of experience in the meetings, events or travel industry; have excellent written and verbal communication skills; be able to travel during weekdays on 3-4 day trips several times per year; have excellent organizational and record-keeping skills, and have attended many IJA festivals to gain a knowledge of how a good IJA festival is organized.

Anyone interested in the position should contact Mike before August 15, 2019, with their professional resume and a cover letter detailing why they want the job and how their experience qualifies them for the position. Email festivalsite@juggle.org to apply, or to get more information about this important and interesting IJA volunteer position.

Editor’s note:  Mike Sullivan spent much of his career planning and coordinating national training events.  Working with him will be like taking a personalized master class in the specialized Events industry as it works today.

The Juggling Edge lists juggling festivals, clubs and more, by Martin Frost

To publicize a juggling festival or a club meeting that you’re organizing or attending, be sure to add it to the festival list or club list at The Juggling Edge. The site lists events worldwide, so it’s a great place to find juggling happenings in your area or in a region that you’ll be visiting. The IJA’s Juggling Events listing comes from a feed provided by The Juggling Edge. Festival organizers should definitely make use of this resource for getting the word out about their fests.

Anyone can easily add festivals or clubs to The Juggling Edge — you just have to Sign Up for a free account if you don’t have one.

The site is easy to use. Festivals are listed under Events and can be searched by continent, country, date (year), or title. The Clubs list can be searched by country, state, city, postal code, title, etc.

You can even have festivals or club meetings from The Juggling Edge automatically added to your calendar. To do that, you first need to construct a Juggling Edge calendar URL for the festival region or club that you want shown in your calendar. The URL for a region will look like this:


where the last part is a two-letter country code (e.g., “us”) or an underscore followed by the two-letter continent code (e.g., “_eu”) for the region you want.

Then subscribe to that URL in your calendar. Here’s how for certain calendars.

In Google Calendar, click the + next to Other Calendars, select From URL, enter the URL you constructed above, and click Add Calendar.

On a Mac, open Calendar, click on File->New Calendar Subscription…, enter the URL for the calendar you constructed, and click Subscribe. To unsubscribe later, right click on the calendar you added and click Unsubscribe (you can also stay subscribed and simply uncheck that calendar temporarily to hide its events).

On an iPhone or iPad, go to Settings, then Accounts & Passwords, then Add Account, then Other, and tap Add Subscribed Calendar. Enter the URL, tap Next, enter a name for the calendar, and tap Save. Details are shown in this Macrumors explanation.

Finally, for those interested, The Juggling Edge hosts a list of juggling records and a forum where you can discuss or ask about juggling related topics. It’s a handy site to know about. Many thanks to Jon Orinoco for creating and maintaining it.

Inspiring others through juggling, by Sammie Vance (age 10)

Juggling is a talent that not many have. But, I know people of all ages that can juggle. Juggling is a great way to inspire people. And the IJA helped me see that.

The IJA travels all around the world to show their awesome juggling talent that they have. This year (2019) they came here to Fort Wayne, Indiana for their annual convention.

The past President of the IJA, Bill Barr, saw me on a video and thought that I was cool and liked what I was doing by spreading kindness through buddy benches made out of recycled plastic caps. He asked me to be a speaker and guest of the IJA for the week.

Bill and the rest of the board decided to name an award after me “IJA Sammie Vance Youth Civil Achievement Award”.  I spoke at the Benefit show at the Boys and Girls club. The jugglers performed! It was really cool! Jon Wee and Tuey Wilson juggled clubs around me. I didn’t move an inch. That same night I got to give a speech at the Embassy theatre during the Welcome Show and they presented the award to me along with some juggling balls! Three past IJA president’s even gave a check to cover a Buddy Bench for the Boys and Girls club. It was a night I will never forget!

The rest of the week my family and I learned how to juggle. Everyone was nice and helpful. The shows were so great! I got lead a workshop “Dream It Do It! Inspiring Others” It was fun. I had plastic caps for the jugglers to try and they juggled them!

Sofia Noethe was amazing.

Past champion Tommy Curtain even “helped” me juggle the plastic caps!

Bennett Santora, who performed at the championships, was so helpful in teaching me to juggle balls and rings.

Mike Moore made me laugh and wowed me with his ball tricks.

David Cain showed me how to bounce balls.

Bill Barr believed in me and was such a huge support the whole week.

I want to name everyone who I met that made an impression on me but that would take up more space than allowed. If you came in contact with my family or me that week know that you impacted me and I will never forget you or the week!

Thank you IJA! You say I inspired you, but in turn you inspired me! Juggling now has a place in my heart! And I have made friends I hope to keep in contact with. I feel like I am a part of the IJA family!

Note from Sammie’s mom:
Thank you IJA for including our family in your convention festivities this year. You greatly impacted my family of 6. We now have juggling balls flying around the house constantly. We loved meeting everyone and I was so impressed with how kind everyone was and how willing you were to teach and take your time with my kids. Thank you from the Vance Family!



The Juggler’s Alphabet Book, a review by Don Lewis

Reg Bacon is a tireless author of interesting books that span a variety of interests.  He has variously been a journalist, editor, historian, museum professional, and performing artist.

The Juggler’s Alphabet book is a compact compendium of interesting facts organized alphabetically.  Any two facing pages contain a series of facts about historical or practical aspects of juggling that can be read and enjoyed quickly.  Without much of a stretch, he has managed to cover each letter of the alphabet with fascinating tidbits.  All but the most dedicated of historians will certainly learn something new.   Reg’s books are published by the Variety Arts Press.  

I’ve enjoyed several of his other books, a couple of which have been particularly useful for editing the newsletter.

The Juggler’s Alphabet Book

 The Micro-Historian’s Guide to Research, Evidence, & Conclusions: Step-by-Step Research Planning & Execution
The Cranky Editor’sBook ofIntolerable Fox Paws(Oops! Faux Pas!)
The CrankyTypographer’sBook ofMajor Annoyances
The Throwback Series



2018 Festival video available in IJA Store and in eJuggle

The DVD is up and can be purchased in our online store here: https://ym.juggle.org/store/ViewProduct.aspx?id=12959088

IJA members can view the festival video for free in segments within these four eJuggle articles:






Latest articles in eJuggle


Upcoming juggling festivals

Below is a list of some upcoming juggling festivals.  For a list of even more fests, check our worldwide juggling event listings.

To get a festival listed here for free, just drop a note to us at ijanews@juggle.org.  Hey, jugglers want to know about juggling fests.  Help them out and get more jugglers to your fest at the same time.

European Unicycle Championships 2019
25 Jul – 4 Aug 2019
Milaanstraat 115, 6135 LH Sittard Netherlands (Nederland)

European Juggling Convention 2019
3 Aug – 11 Aug 2019
Newark, NG24 2NY, UK

Swiss Juggling Convention 2019
23 Aug – 25 Aug 2019
Rotenbach 2372, 9620 Lichtensteig Switzerland (Schweiz)

Berliner Jonglierconvention 2019 (Berlin Juggling Convention)
12 Sep – 15 Sep 2019
FEZ Berlin, Straße zum FEZ 2, 12459 Berlin Germany (Deutschland)

Broxford Juggling Convention 2019
14 Sep – 22 Sep 2019
Kiln Farm, Kiln Lane, Oxford, OX44 9AR UK

Melbourne Juggling Festival 2019
26 Sep – 29 Sep 2019
Circus Oz, Collingwood, Melbourne, VIC Australia

2019 Portland Juggling Festival
27 Sep – 29 Sep 2019
Reed College, Portland, OR USA

2019 Yavapai Juggling Festival
27 Sep – 29 Sep 2019
Walraven Gym, Yavapai College, 1100 East Sheldon Street, Prescott AZ 86301 USA

Kansas City Juggling Festival 2019
18 Oct – 20 Oct 2019
9301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64114 USA

FluggleBurgh 2019
1 Nov – 3 Nov 2019
555 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA USA

42nd Annual Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival
7 Feb – 9 Feb 2020
Yaarab Shrine Center Recreation Building, 400 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308 USA

Minnesota Mondo Juggling & Unicycle Festival
14 Feb – 16 Feb 2020
235 Hamline Avenue South, St. Paul, Minnesota USA USA

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