The Juggler Stage Name Game

I was recently asked what my real name was by a magician. I told him David Cain was my real name, although I admitted that in day to day life away from the juggling world, I generally go by Dave. Nevertheless, he was surprised that I had been born with such a “stage-ready name,” as he called it. His real name was very hard to pronounce and spell, so he went by a stage name, as is quite common in the world of show business. Many of the most famous acting and music stars are not known by the name on their birth certificates. The same is true, to a lesser extent, in the world of juggling. This was especially the case in earlier times. The magician’s question got me thinking about jugglers’ stage names and I decided it might be fun to put together a quick little game for the juggling community to play. Below I will list the real names of well-known jugglers. If the performer only changed their last name, I’ll put “Mr.” or ” Ms.” instead of their first name. You can send answers to me at and the juggler with the most correct answers or the first to have them all correct will win a year’s membership to the IJA and the praise of their peers. I’d encourage you to see how many you can get without doing an internet search first. Then you can turn to Google. You have until one month from the publishing of this article to submit answers. I hope you learn about some jugglers you’re not aware of in doing this quiz. The results and answers will be published next month. Let’s get started.

1. Mr. Commarota

2. Ms. Freidberg

3. Mr. Krakow

4. Mr. Kuhn

5. Dan Jeffery

6. Karl Karrer

7. Cinthia Buitron

8. Mr. Spah

9. Mr. Francis

10. Zsilak Gyorgy

11. Francisco Tebar Saez

12. Gerald Greenberg

13. Harold Hart

14. Bjorn Gammals

15. Jens Thorwachter

16. Joe Pegnato

17. Michael Steiner

18. Mr. Kiktev

19. Mr. Moreira

20. Mr. Loksa

21. Ludwig Mayer

22. Leon Svendsen

23. Mr. Neisser

24. Giulia Stutzbarth Perez

25. Adolph Behrend

26. Ms. Kleinbarth

27. Mr. Fifield

28. Paul Burke

29. Didier Dupin

30. Mr. Emil Otto Braun

31. Martha Firschke

32. Thomas CromwellKnox

33. William Claude Dukenfield

34. Arthur Kaulfuss

35. Paul Pickelmann

36. Gerhard Scholz

37. Waldemar Pätzold

38. Mr. Renner (the son)

39. Mr. Fomitcheff

40. Paul Wingrave

41. Dora Forster

42. Peter Elliott

43. Mr. Hanus

44. Victor Kopelky

45. Alfred Wolf

46. Heinrich Goldschmidt

47. Peter Mark Nielsen

48. Thomas Horton

49. Joseph Henry Stephens

50. Joseph Stadtmuller

51. Jesse C. Goodhue

52. Bert Elliot

53. Antole Dedessus le Moutier

54. Albert Stevens

Good luck!!

David Cain is a professional juggler, juggling historian, and the owner of the world's only juggling museum, the Museum of Juggling History. He is a Guinness world record holder and 16 time IJA gold medalist. In addition to his juggling pursuits, David is a successful composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and singer as well as the author of twenty-six books. He and his children live in Middletown, OH (USA).

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