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  • The Growing Candlestick Trick

    Feb 19, 2017 No Comments

    PDF 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 p...

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  • Videos From The Vault # 2 – Lottie Brunn

    Feb 12, 2017 No Comments

    PDF I have one of the largest, if not the largest, juggling video collections in the world. Therefore, I’ve decided to start to share videos that were previously not online, along with other videos of the same jugglers, in a series that I call Videos From The Vault. The juggler for th...

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  • Dream Tricks Challenge # 3 – The Results

    Feb 05, 2017 No Comments

    PDF Last year, I challenged the juggling community with twelve old school / gentleman juggler tricks of which I was unaware that anyone had accomplished on video. A number of intrepid jugglers did succeed in meeting the challenge of these very difficult tricks. Below are the tricks I listed...

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  • The Juggling Tricks Of Gintaro Mizuhara

    Jan 29, 2017 No Comments

    PDF Gintaro Mizuhara (1875-1952) was a Japanese juggler who lived in the UK most of his life. He had a long and successful career performing all over the world. Since a wonderful account of Gintaro’s life written by Peter Bruning has already appeared in the Summer 2008 Juggle Magazin...

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  • Videos From The Vault # 1 – Dieter Tasso

    Jan 13, 2017 No Comments

    PDF I have one of the largest, if not the largest, juggling video collections in the world. Therefore, I’ve decided to start to share videos that were previously not online, along with other videos of the same jugglers, in a series that I call Videos From The Vault. To start off this ...

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  • The Gil Dova Collection

    Jan 07, 2017 No Comments

    PDF 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 ph...

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  • Prop Launching Prop Stands and the Jugglers Who Use Them

    Dec 31, 2016 No Comments

    PDF As I do research on the history of juggling, I take note of certain trends and novel performance ideas. One thing I’ve noticed is the cross section of jugglers who have used prop stands or other devices to launch props to them. Below is a sampling videos of some of these jugglers....

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  • “Mystery” Vaudeville Jugglers – The Juggling Burkes, The Four Juggling Mortons, and The 3 Juggling Jordons

    Dec 30, 2016 No Comments

    PDF Background As I mentioned in my article on The Tennis Trio back in September 2016, which can be found here, researching information on jugglers from the Vaudeville era can be quite challenging. At least with The Tennis Trio, I was able to find several photos and the names of the perfor...

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  • A short history of Devilstick

    Dec 29, 2016 No Comments

    PDF It’s  been a while since I wrote my first article about devilsticks and I plan to deprecate that old one now that this is published, because even if it was a good effort and it is partly correct, I studied the history of devilsticks quite a lot in the past year and I think I can ...

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  • Sicki

    Dec 24, 2016 No Comments

    PDF Sicki was a German performer born in 1935. He was a talented juggler at a young age, as the following photos can attest. His most famous routine consisted of kicking up cups and saucers onto his head; a routine created by Ferry Mader and made famous by Rudy Horn and Dieter Tasso. Si...

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  • The Twelve Juggling Days Of Christmas

    Dec 21, 2016 No Comments

    PDF I’m not sure how it is in other parts of the world, but in the USA, it seems like you can’t go anywhere without constantly hearing Christmas songs this time of year.  Don’t get me wrong, I love many of them, and certain ones, in certain situations, help to get me into the holiday...

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  • C.B. Fry, Gustave Philippart, And The Origins Of Modern Diabolo

    Dec 15, 2016 No Comments

    PDF C. B. Fry (1872 – 1956), was an English sportsman, politician, diplomat, academic, teacher, writer, editor and publisher, who is best remembered for his career as a cricket player. Journalist John Arlott described Fry in the following way: “Charles Fry could be autocratic, angry...

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  • Rare Juggling Prop Catalogs of the 1980s

    Dec 12, 2016 No Comments

    PDF I recently wrote a four part series on Old Juggling Prop Catalogs, which you can read by clicking here, here, here, and here. In this article, we will look at juggling catalogs from the 1980s from four prop manufacturers you may not have heard of and who sold props that are now consider...

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  • Gaston Palmer

    Dec 07, 2016 No Comments

    PDF Gaston Palmer was born on March 4, 1886 in Marseille, France. His father, George Palmer, was a British juggler advertised as “The Greatest Equestrian Juggler In The World.” His mother, Adele Blanche Emilie Rancy, was a French equestrian rider in circuses. Gaston had both British an...

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  • The Bobby Jule Video Collection – Coming Soon To IJA Members

    Nov 30, 2016 No Comments

    PDF Bobby Jule (real name Joe Pegnato) was there at the beginning of the IJA. He was a charter member of the organization and was the 2015 recipient of the IJA 2015 Historical Achievement Award. Click here to read an interview I did with Bobby previously. David Cain and Bobby Jule Bobby too...

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  • The Indian Brothers Medua and Mooty Samme

    Nov 22, 2016 No Comments

    PDF The first time I read about the brothers Medua and Mooty Samme, I was looking for the obscure Chinese origin of devilsticks and one of the oldest sources I could find was an article from Mary Saucier (1) where she wrote that: “Ricky Jay, a Hollywood magician/juggler and collector ...

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  • Museum of Juggling History Adds The Paul Bachman Collection

    Nov 10, 2016 No Comments

    PDF In late October of 2016, juggling historians David Cain (me) and Scott Cain traveled to a suburb of Chicago, IL (USA) to acquire the late Paul Bachman’s enormous historical juggling collection to add to the Museum of Juggling History, which is located just north of Cincinnati, OH....

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  • Franco Piper – The Banjo Juggler

    Nov 05, 2016 No Comments

    PDF One of the most unique juggling acts of all time was performed by South African juggler and musician Franco Piper. Piper was born in 1881 and was a child prodigy at playing the banjo. He wasn’t content to simply play the instrument in a standard way, but constantly experimented w...

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