Van Wyck Catalog and Performer Advertisements – 1905

Iconic juggling prop maker Edward Van Wyck put out at least three booklets that acted as catalogs for his products and advertisements for jugglers and other variety acts that used them. The most famous one, released in 1900, was titled America and Europe’s Greatest Jugglers. You can view it by clicking here. The next one of which we’re aware is …

IJA Tricks of the Month by Aileen Lawlor | Contact Staff

My name is Aileen Lawlor, and I live in Oakland, California & Esteli, Nicaragua. I began exploring contact staff in 2006, and my journey with the prop encouraged me to study different forms of movement. I teach contact staff online and in group classes in the Bay Area of California. I have spent the majority of the last 5 years …

IJA Tricks of the Month by Daniela Corradi | Club Juggling

I am 26 years old and from Argentina. I have been juggling for about 5 years and learned during my travels around Latin America. I now live in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I recorded this video. I am part of the Collective 6/12 Circus that is a circus space within the cultural occupation Ouvidor 63, which, like many other spaces …

The Alpha Troupe and Gregory Troupe – Hoop Rolling Jugglers

Many hoop rolling troupes were established in the late 1800s and early 1900s after William Everhart (click here to read about him) invented the genre. Two successful – but mostly forgotten – troupes from the United States were the Alpha Troupe and the Gregory Troupe. They were active at the same time. While not a huge amount of information still …

Paul Conchas – German Strongman Juggler

The art form of heavyweight juggling didn’t reach its heyday until Paul Conchas began his career in 1895. Conchas, a German who was born Paul Huett around 1875, was a master performer and promoter. He was known as “the Military Hercules,” wearing an elite Prussian Household Guard uniform, complete with eagle-crowned helmet. For much of his career, he was assisted by …

Why You Should Come To The IJA Festival In Fort Wayne

I, David Cain, wear many different hats in the juggling world. I’m a full-time performing juggler. I’m a juggling historian and writer. I’m the curator of the Museum of Juggling History. And now, I’ve taken on the position as the Director of the 2019 IJA Festival, which takes place June 24-30, 2019 in Fort Wayne, Indiana (USA). Like any festival …

IJA Tricks Of The Month by Lauge Benjaminsen | Ball Juggling

I’m Lauge and I live in Silkeborg City in the center of Denmark. I’ve been jamming around with juggling for the past decade and I always love to see how far and what places it takes me. This short video was filmed entirely in my living room in front of a black stage curtain my mom once made me. My …

Videos From The Vault – Lou Folds

Lou Folds (also referred to often as Lew Folds) was born Louis Foldes in 1905 in Hungary, where his father was the mayor of a small town. His family immigrated to the United States when Lou was an infant. Juggling was Lou’s third career, as he first worked as a professional boxer and then as a professional dancer before taking …