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Billy Tirko and the Juggling Props of Edward Van Wyck

Billy Tirko (1906-1998) was an American juggler who performed from the 1920s until the 1960s. He specialized in club juggling, combination tricks, and ball and mouth stick work. Dick Franco wrote a long biography about Billy that was published in the Winter 2009 issue of JUGGLE Magazine, so I won’t repeat what was written in that excellent piece. Instead, I …

What’s inside a juggler’s backpack? Part 2

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(Haz clic aquí para español.) A few months ago, I wrote an article called “What’s inside juggler’s backpack?“, it is about knowing what and how many objects  the jugglers keep in their backpacks. In this second part, two talented artists will tell us about their life and this theme. They are Caio Cesar Stevanovich, from Brazil, and Emma Hornell, From …

The Gil Dova Collection

Gil Dova My brother Scott Cain became friends with juggling legend Gil Dova and his wife, the famed foot juggler Regina Baranton, about a year ago. Gil sent us some of his clubs and cigar boxes for the Museum of Juggling History. You can see these below. He also sent us a variety of photos from his and Regina’s careers. …

Juggling Museum Road Trip Rescue – Part 1

In October of 2015, I received an email from Lee Jackson of the Juggling Jacksons. Lee and his sister, Joy, performed with their parents Bob and Lois. The Juggling Jacksons were a well-known American juggling act in the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1970s, Lee and Joy left the act as they entered adulthood. Bob and Lois continued to perform …

Props Of French Juggling Masters

In the past two months, the Historical Juggling Props Museum has received props from two of the most famous and talented French juggling acts of all time. While I’ve written about both of these acts before, new videos have been put online showcasing these amazing jugglers. I’ve also received new photos and / or information about these jugglers that I …

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Product Review: Three Finger Juggling “Danger Props”

Background Three Finger Juggling was founded in February of 2013 by British juggler Neil Redding and his American wife, Maureen. Based out of Muskegon, Michigan (USA), TFJ specializes in making juggling knives and other danger juggling props. Neil handles the design and manufacture of the props and Maureen sews and embroiders all the bags and oversees the sales side of …

Giant Juggling Clubs

When many people juggle American clubs for the first time after having only juggled the much more common European clubs, they often comment on how large the Americans are. Modern American clubs are slightly smaller than their older predecessors, which are smaller than a category that can simply be called “giant clubs.” Most jugglers have never seen one of these …

Notes and queries and a case full of clubs: Subjugation

As jugglers it seems to make clear and perfect sense to define ourselves based on our props: on tricks, on whirling orbits and topological paths, and perhaps also through our connection to the juggling community and the wider, but related, communities of other circus arts. Sometimes, and if moving away from the basic facts of juggling to those of performance …