Candle Flipping with Gimmicked Candles

In a past article, I wrote about Salerno’s amazing self-lighting candle, which you can read about by clicking here. Since then, I have found another method of performing the trick as well as a different gimmicked candle trick. I believe these two could be combined into one routine. The Self-Lighting Candle Unlike Salerno’s self-lighting candle, which used a battery and …

CATCH 2018 – The Cumbrian Juggling Convention (UK)

As part of the celebrations for Circus 250 (the 250th anniversary of the circus) the organising team of the Cumbria juggling conventions (AKA Rosie & chums) put on a special event, CATCH. CATCH was a week long juggling convention held in Appleby in Westmorland which was jam packed with shows and workshops. Here follow my memories from the week: Monday …

The Bridge Generation: From Vaudeville to the Internet Age: Matt Hall

The latest in the “Bridge Generation” series profiles Matt Hall. The “Juggle Sensei” has a host of IJA awards on his resume: 2003 Silver Medalist, Diabolo and Cigar Box prop champion, 2005 People’s Choice and 2011 Bobby May Award. Matt also holds a full time gig teaching Japanese in California. I had the good fortune to meet with him at …

Paul La Croix- The Inventor of the “Dancing Hats”

Paul La Croix (Paul Murphy) was born in 1878 and began his career as a vaudeville juggler around 1895. He performed until at least 1915. While he got good reviews on the vaudeville circuit, he would be almost completely forgotten except for his invention of a juggling trick that is still performed today. This trick is known as the “bouncing …

Abhoy Mitra

Abhoy Mitra is the most famous juggler in India. When you talk about the circus art of India, the first thing you will hear is the name of Abhoy Mitra. A juggler who loves his art, and will not leave it until death says otherwise. Abhoy Mitra was born in a village in the city of Kumirmora, in India. His …

Frankie Ferrer

Frankie Ferrer was born in 1938 into a family of poor farmers on a sugar cane plantation on the Philippine Island of Negros. As a young boy, he worked in the sugar cane fields. At the age of 14, he ran away from home and eventually joined up with a circus, doing whatever needed to be done to earn his …

Juggler Stage Name Game – The Results

As I stated a month ago, 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”, …

IJA Tricks of the Month by Dan Barron from USA | Juggling

I’m Dan Barron (dnb303) from Chicago, USA, and I’ve been juggling for 12 years. I like toss juggling that draws images in the 2D plane, creating and distorting shapes with varying hand positions. The endless pattern space, visual aesthetics, and visceral experience are what connect me to juggling. Juggling then connects to greater domains through natural physics, and by enhancing …