The Juggling Props of Jay Green – Part 2

Jay Green (born Gerald Greenberg) is an American juggler best known for the innovative props he has created, including the first modern, multi-piece club with a cushioned handle and foam knob and end cap. In Part 1, we examined Jay’s historic clubs. Now let’s take a look at his other innovative props, almost all of which include Jay’s iconic prismatic decorations.

Jay Green with his history-making clubs

The Break Apart Devil Stick

Jay Green was the first person to create a plastic, break apart devil stick. You can see two examples of these devil sticks from the Museum of Juggling History below.

Jumbo Diabolo

One of Jay Green’s most recognizable creations are his large diabolos. If anyone has one of these they’d be willing to part with, the Museum of Juggling History would love to have one.

Jay Green Diabolo

Color Change Rings

One of the most sought-after of Jay Green’s creations are his color change rings. They are prismatic silver on one side and are multi-color on the other side, with bumpers on both the inside and outside edges.

Silver side

Multi-color side

Jay Green juggling his Supersonic rings, with one showing the multi-color side

Beanballs

Jay created and sold soft-sided bean balls, like the one below.

Jay Green Bean Ball

Spinning Basins

Another one of Jay Green’s most recognizable creations are his spinning basins. These were made by combining a plastic spinning plate with a plastic basin, making for a very visual prop.

Jay Green and a volunteer spinning two basins

Ball Spinning Cone

Jay Green created and sold a plastic cone with a rounded metal tip and an elastic strap to wear on the juggler’s head and spin a ball on. You can see it in the previous photo and the following ones as well.

Jay Green Ball Spinning Cone

Mickey Simple using his Jay Green Cone

Jay Green using his ball spinning cone

I use one of Jay’s cones for the Horn and Rings routine.

Double Walled Spinning Ball

Jay Green has made and sold double-walled spinning balls.

Jay Green spinning balls

Parasol and Wheel

Jay Green sold parasols with very visual prismatic “wheels” for spinning on the parasols.

Parasol with wheels in the center

Jay Green parasol wheel

Jay Green parasol wheel

Spinning plate

Jay Green made spinning plates that had a frisbee attached to the top for additional weight.

Jay Green Spinning Plate

Torches

Jay Green made torches of various types, including standard torches as well as torches that have cones that cover the wick end. These could be taped to the body of the torch, resulting in a club. The cone also protected other props from the torch residue. You can see both kinds below, from a catalog and from the Museum of Juggling History.

Jay Green with torches

Jay Green torches

Jay Green torches

Standard Jay Green torches

You can see Jay use many of his iconic props in the following video.

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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