The Peiro Brothers (sometimes spelled Piero Brothers) were one of the top juggling teams of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Atilio (Teddy) and Hector Peiro were highly skilled at both juggling and comedy. They specialized in hat spinning, devil sticks, cigar boxes, club passing, rings, and a variety of other short juggling stunts. The taller brother, Atilio, was a master with devil sticks and even performed with two. Hector performed a wonderful act with cigar boxes / bricks. They were both masters of the rare skill of hat spinning. The brothers’ parents were well known actors and the boys got their start in show business acting in plays. Growing up, the learned various juggling skills and eventually tried out their comedy and juggling act in a cabaret in Buenos Aires. Their performance was seen by several agents and managers, who quickly lined up work for the Peiros throughout Argentina.
They first came to the United States in 1948 and were immediately successful there. They appeared on Broadway in Michael Todd’s Peep Show in 1950. They made many television appearances in the USA over the years, including appearances on Toast of the Town, The Ed Sullivan Show, the Colgate Comedy Hour, and All Star Review. They also found a good deal of success in Great Britain. In 1961, they returned to Argentina to star in their own television show, The Peiro Brothers Show. Three of their television appearances are available online. Below is an appearance on the Dorsey Brothers’ Stage Show from March, 1956.