Max Cincinati was the stage name of Max Hellwig, who hailed from Berlin, Germany. He was born in 1870 and began performing in the 1890s. As the above image testifies, be performed in the best theaters in Europe and on the top Vaudeville circuit in the United States around the turn of the century. He was one of the better known gentleman jugglers, using objects that might be found in a Victorian gentleman’s home. While not as well known or skilled as some other gentlemen jugglers such as Kara, Salerno, and Charles Hera, he was still respected and successful. He used common props of the genre, including a top hat, cane, gloves, cigar, candles, candlestick, violin, music stand, and umbrella. He was best known for his work with coins, where he would toss up to six coins into the air and catch them in various ways in his hand, coat pocket, or eye socket. He was known as the “Juggler in a Morning Suit.” He included quite a bit of comedy in his act as well.
Around 1905, he formed a juggling troupe with his family, which eventually included his son and three daughters.
While not much is known about his life and career, we do have one notable account, which appeared in the Kansas City Times newspaper on March 5th, 1899. The story incorrectly spells his last name (making it match the city in Ohio) and says he is French rather than German.
Max Cincinati must have been making a good salary juggling if he could afford to own such a bag of jewels and gold.
Max Cincinati passed away in 1964.