Mr. Boomerang

As I research juggling history, I occasionally come across acts that are fairly unique. One such act that I’ve been aware of for quite some time was done by Australian performer Bevan Raynor, who is better known as Mr. Boomerang. Bevan originally worked as an acrobat and standard juggler in the 1960s, but eventually put together an act of sword balancing and boomerang throwing under the Mr. Boomerang stage name. Although little is known about him and his career, we do know that he had some success during the 1970s, as he appeared of television a number of times.

His act usually started with the famous trick of balancing a sword on the tip of a dagger held in the mouth; a trick that goes back to at least the 1750s. He then would do a version of Joe Marsh’s golf club balance trick from 1930 using swords instead of golf clubs. He then switched to boomerangs. He used boomerangs shaped like a coat hanger and like a pair of scissors. He also used traditionally V-shaped and tri-wing boomerangs as well. He threw them out over the audience, juggled two, caught them on his finger, and ended his act by catching one on a mouth stick.

You can see two videos of his act below.

I’m aware of at least one more video of his act, but I was unable to locate it while preparing this article. If you have any more information about Mr. Boomerang, I would love to hear from you.

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 15 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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