Juggling and Jugglers by Emilio Rodríguez-Alvarez

               The art of juggling, the ability to toss into the air and catch a series of objects, called props, keeping at least one in the air while others are handled, seems to be an innate ability to human nature. There are multiple historical and archaeological evidences of the presence of jugglers in the distant past, performing a series of forms that we can recognize as patterns of juggling, and that, reinterpreted, are still use in modern-day shows.

 

Early History of Juggling:

Larry Weeks: Juggler Extraordinaire by David Soren

Lester Fulton Weeks, known on-stage as Larry Weeks (Salem, Massachusetts 9-24-1919- New York City, 10-13-2014) was one of the most famous jugglers in the history of vaudeville and night clubs. A naturally taught juggler from at least the age of 10, he became a professional juggler early on while growing up in the Bronx. His father Aaron, who worked for the Scandinavian Embassy, then taught him some basic magic tricks which the boy enjoyed and used in local talent shows and at Brooklyn College which he attended and where he also won the intercollegiate baton-twirling contest in 1937.