Spoon and Pencil Balancing Tricks

You might not think that a juggler could wow an audience with a small, everyday object such as a spoon or pencil, but you would be wrong. A number of well-known jugglers have done exactly that with a common household spoon, kicking up, balancing, and flipping it in amazing ways. These types of tricks actually have an old historical predecessor. …

The Whip Balance Trick

As I read old juggling books and look at early juggling catalogs, there are tricks that show up time and time again. One genre of these tricks involve balancing a stiff whip, which always has either a spinning plate or a lamp at the upright handle end. The cracking end of the whip is always bent and is balanced either …

The Whirligig Balance

Of all the tricks in my Juggling History Show, the Whirligig Balance gets the most consistent positive reaction out of both jugglers and non-jugglers. This is a very old trick, consisting of a spiral or snake-shaped pole that has a plate spinning at the top. The bottom of the pole is balanced on the juggler’s forehead, on a mouthpiece, or …

A Brief History of the Pocket Pole Prop

The prop that I call the pocket pole is a pole that is balanced on the juggler’s forehead that has billiard style pockets / nets or cups in various locations up the pole. The juggler juggles balls and tosses them up to catch in the various pockets. The earliest reference I can find to the pocket pole prop is its …

IJA Tricks of the Month October 2017 Ecuador by: Adrián Martínez

IJA Tricks of the Month - Adrián Martínez

Bio for Adrián Martínez: My name is Adrián Martínez and I currently live in Quito, Ecuador. I’m a contemporary juggler with ten years of experience, and I’ve trained in different circus schools in South America and Europe. I really like clubs, investigating the object, spacial movement and body work, manipulation, balances, multiplexes, patterns, and dance. My objective is to create a language, …

The Growing Candlestick Trick

The Growing Candle Stick is an amazing juggling trick / routine that hasn’t been performed for quite a while, to the best of my knowledge. It was invented by Ferry Mader, who was born Ferry Xaver on May 29th, 1884 in Augsburg, Germany, where he lived his entire life. Against his parents’ wishes, he left home at the age of …

IJA Tricks of the Month March 2016 Costa Rica by: Henry Martinez

Henry Martinez Rodriguez is from the Costa Rican province of Heredia and has been juggling for 6 years. Originally a diabolist, he was more recently drawn to experimentation and training with clubs. The video was recorded and completely edited by Henry, in different locations of the capital city San José and Heredia. This video concentrates on balances with 3 clubs and various other …