IJA eNewsletter – August 2019

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August 2019

Editors: Don Lewis & Martin Frost


  • Message from the Chair
  • 73rd Annual IJA Juggling Festival, El Paso, Texas, July 13-19, 2020
  • 2019 Festival Lost & Found
  • Call for IJA Volunteer officers
  • The Juggling Edge lists juggling festivals, clubs and more
  • Call for eNewsletter articles
  • Correction for bad link in review of The Juggler’s Alphabet Book
  • 2018 Festival video available in IJA Store and in eJuggle
  • Latest articles in eJuggle
  • Upcoming juggling festivals


Message from the Chair

Hello everyone!

It is an honor to be voted in as the chair of the IJA. Exuro Piechocki left large shoes to fill, and I’m enjoying trying them on (Simon Says). The IJA has dramatically changed the course of my life. That, coupled with my bizarre enjoyment of administration, made serving the IJA an inevitability. It’s time to give back!

Let’s take a moment to look back. Our recent festival was a resounding success: David Cain led the Herculean task of running the festival, and what a job he did. The festival was filled with all the things we’ve come to expect (competitions, the Cascade of Stars, a smorgasbord of workshops, joggling, and Xtreme Juggling, just to name a few), with innovative new features like the Challenge Night, Juggling Game Show Night, and the Juggling Film Festival.

Of course, the festival organization is only the framework that enthusiastic participants fill. And wow, did you ever. From teaching workshops, helping fellow jugglers, and responding to amazing acts with thunderous applause, you all brought the energy that make this event great. Not content to stop there, you also responded in record numbers to the post-festival survey. I appreciate everything you do for this organization!

Now it’s time to look forward. Noel Yee is making his triumphant return to the festival organizing role for the 2020 Festival in El Paso, Texas, July 13th-19th. I’ve seen a small portion of what he has in the works, and we are in good hands. I know that it’s a trek for many of us, but I’d love to see you next year!

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Mike Moore

IJA Chairman

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.

 Call for IJA Volunteer Officers

Until about September 15, the IJA Board of Directors will be accepting “Letters of Interest” (via email) from people desiring to fill one of the volunteer IJA officer positions. The positions have a variety of focuses and require a minimum of a one year commitment. Officers help to direct the activity of the organization and bring fresh and dynamic ideas to the Board regarding their particular area of focus.

Why “Letters of Interest?” Associations tend to have a fairly small set of volunteers that keep things going. Newer members often want to get involved but can’t see a point of entry that won’t offend an existing volunteer. At the same time, some existing volunteers despair of ever finding someone willing to take on their task (or some part of it). The “Letters of Interest” give the Board a chance to know what volunteers are out there, and what they might be willing to do to help. You might not get chosen, or you might get to assist another volunteer while learning.

Perhaps you are not interested or don’t have the time to take on an official role for the IJA, but you do have a pet project that you would like to see develop within the IJA.  Please send a note to the Board.  There may be someone out there that wants a project to work on.  

IJA officers are covered by the IJA’s Directors and Officers liability insurance policy in case anything goes off the rails.

Below is a list of IJA officers. See if one of these calls out to you. Or if you have an idea for a useful new position to add, let us know your thoughts.

IJA Officers

Affiliates Director
Archives Director
Chief Teller
Communications Director
eJuggle Editor-in-Chief
eNewsletter Editor
European Rep
Future Festivals Site Coordinator
Graphic Designer
IJA Regional Competitions (IRC) Director
International Representatives
Marketing Director
Membership Director
Store Manager
Video Coordinator
Video Tutorial Contest Director
Volunteers Coordinator
World Juggling Day (WJD) Coordinator
Youth Juggling Academy (YJA) Coordinator

If you would like to submit a letter of interest for any of the positions (or possibly a brand new one), please include the following:

  • Your name
  • Position(s) you are interested in
  • Qualifications or experience you would bring to the position(s)
  • Any new ideas or strategies you would like to see enacted

Submit your letter no later than September 15, by emailing it to: ija.board@juggle.org. The IJA Board will select the officer they think best fits each position.

Whether or not you are selected as an IJA Officer, the Board is excited to find a good fit for you as a volunteer within the organization. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Board Chair Mike Moore at: ija.chair@juggle.org.

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.

Subscribe to juggling fests in your calendar

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.

Juggling records

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.

Call for eNewsletter articlesby Don Lewis

Here we are again, starting another year of IJA eNewsletters.  The IJA has several ways of communicating with members.  Some of them require you to remember to check a source, like Instagram, Facebook, or eJuggle to see what is new.  This newsletter is mailed to you monthly.  

The eNewsletter contains information about IJA programs.  Increasingly during the year it tries to entice you to attend the annual festival.  

You can submit information that you think might be interesting to other jugglers.  Longer articles might be better in eJuggle.  Short items are perfect for the eNewsletter.  If your local club has a project that you would like to promote, you can submit an article and then distribute the eNewsletter to your local club members as well.

Correction for bad link in review of The Juggler’s Alphabet Book, by Don Lewis

Last month I reviewed The Juggler’s Alphabet Book, a new book written and published by Reg Bacon. Unfortunately the clickable URL led readers to a generic parking website rather than to the Variety Arts Press.  I regret the error and inconvenience.  The correct link is below.  

I have had a copy of the book lying in plain sight at my cottage this summer.  Many a non-juggling visitor picked it up and quickly found something to comment on.  One should never underestimate the fascination of a non juggler for a skill that she/he considers far out of reach.




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

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