Lou Folds (also referred to often as Lew Folds) was born Louis Foldes in 1905 in Hungary, where his father was the mayor of a small town. His family immigrated to the United States when Lou was an infant. Juggling was Lou’s third career, as he first worked as a professional boxer and then as a professional dancer before taking up juggling. Lou juggled on Broadway in the musical Carousel, but was most famous for his work in ice skating shows. He juggled in numerous ice skating venues in the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60, including appearances at the Iceland Restaurant in NYC (1946), Gay Paree ice revue at Roxy Theater in NYC (1953), The Latin Quarter in Boston (1953), Carnival on Ice (1955), Ice Silhouettes (1958), Icetime of 1948 (1947 – 1948), Adventures On Ice (1962), and Ice Royals (1965). Lou was a versatile juggler, and was famous for performing wearing a cape, from which he would produce his previously unseen props. He juggled a huge variety of props, including clubs, tambourines, hats, plates, devil sticks, musical instruments, spinning plates, shaker cups, and balls. He also performed a trick on ice where he bounced balls off a drum while blindfolded. Lou retired from performing in the late 1960s or early 1970s and opened an ice skating rink in Florida. He passed away in 1999 due to leukemia.
The Museum of Juggling History includes one of Lou Fold’s shaker cups, which you can see below.
Here are the two only known videos of Lou Folds, shown here for the first time.