Juggler's World: Vol. 42, No. 2
Thanks to Dave Jones and Markus Markoni
Street performers can get help with their scheduling from the twice-annual
Street Artists' Guild Newsletter. In it, editor Stephen Baird tracks
court cases pertinent to street performing and includes a long list of the
street performing legal situation in many cities in the US, Canada and Europe.
To join the Folk Arts Network and receive the newsletter, send a $25 check
made out to that organization to Baird at Box 570; Cambridge, MA 02238. For
newsletters only, the fee is $10 per year. Outside the US, send $15 cash or a
postal money order in US funds.
IJA member and unicycle specialist John Foss was one of the first two
Americans ever to perform in the All-Soviet Amateur Circus Festival. Foss and
Greg Milstein participated by special invitation of Soyuzgoscirk and Rigas
Cirks at the festival in Latvia in late February. Milstein performed as a
clown/eccentric character in an act called "Balloon Jazz." Foss performed for
three minutes on a single unicycle, demonstrating the skills that won him
first place in the 1987 World Unicycling Championships in Tokyo. They also
presented official greetings, documents, gifts and an American flag to their
Latvian hosts. Their appearance was so successful they were invited to work a
regular performance with the Rigas Cirks. Their appearance was arranged by the
National Circus Project, a Westbury, N.Y.-based organization they both serve
as senior instructors. National Circus Project teaches circus skills,
including juggling, to school children.
Alexander Feldman did a couple of two-week engagements in Auckland,
New Zealand, during a three month period early in the year, performing his
jester act at the Oriental Market. He will also be seen on New Zealand
television through the rest of this year, urging parents to teach their
kids about recycling. The public service announcement features Feldman
and 10-year-old IJA member Ryan Hoffman juggling paper, meal and
In Wichita, Kansas, chiropractor Ingolf Mork uses juggling techniques
in teaching reading to dyslexic children and adults. The 79-year-old said,
"Over 2,500 kids in three years and working in three prisons, we are having
tremendous success. We are ready to show our special approach to other
jugglers." If you're interested, contact Mork at 402 Pattie Ave.; Wichita, KS
A new theme park opening this fall in the Tokyo, Japan, area is looking
for performers. If you're interested, send promo material and/or a videotape.
Videotapes will be returned if you so request. Contact: Michael Naishtut; c/o
Toho Entertainment; Yanagida Building 3rd Floor; 1-18-12 Shinjuku; Shinjuku-ku;
Tokyo 160; Japan. Call 011-813-226-8140 or FAX 226-0613.
Some notes on jugglers gathered from The Circus Report and King Pole
The Zunigas performed at Holland Village in Nagasaki, Japan.
T.J. Howell will be at Busch Gardens and the Circus World Museum
Jacqueline Brafford with the Wonderland Circus.
Bob Bramson with Circus Krone at its permanent building in
Munich in March.
Circus Vargas includes three rings of jugglers simultaneously - The
Osmani Sisters, The Caros and The Fernandes.
Likewise the American Continental Circus, featuring Antonio &
Pepi Olmeda, Bob Welz, and Felix & Willie Pages.
Maurico Droguette with the Hubler International Super Circus.
Dan Buckley was doing school shows in Illinois, using juggling
to teach students the value of perseverance.
Curtis Cainin with Franzen Brothers Circus.
Jimmy Adams with the Russell Brothers Circus.
Tommy Liebel with the Liebel Family Circus.
The Caesars, Kris Kristos and The Yolandas with the
106th edition of the Beatty Cole Circus.
Pat Davison & Lauren, T.J. Howell and Miss Janie with
The Tarzan Zerbini Circus.
Portuguese juggler Tony Lester appeared with the American Circus in
Ireland. He spun balls on his fingers while blowing two ping-pong balls with
his mouth and did three and four clubs on an unsupported ladder.
Graham Thomas Chipperfield did three ping-pong balls with his
mouth, five clubs and boomerang Mexican hats in Chipperfield's Circus
The International Circus in Britain included club, ball and hoop juggling
by the teenage Moroccan juggler Abdul Aziki.
Jacqueline Brafford with the new indoor Circus Fantasy in West Virginia.
Christian Chrof with the Shrine Circus in Portland.
Jeff Tharpe with the Diablo Brothers Circus in Texas.
Carson & Barnes Circus featured five rings of jugglers,
Oscar Marcias; Julio, Jorge, Carmen & Chicu Rosales; Miriam Moreno;
Romel, Sebastian, Rosa, Alex & Junior Padilla; and Freddy &
Nine-year-old Justino Zoppe was listed as "the act I most enjoyed"
in a review of the Tarzan Zerbini gold unit.
Mark Nizer and his wife, Scott Neisser, have moved from New York
to LA, and celebrated with a June 5 - July 17 world performing cruise on
a boat going to Russia, Poland, Denmark, London, Norway, and Finland among
Chuck Sheperd's occasional column for the Universal Press Syndicate
called "News of the Weird" carried this item recently: "A 27-year-old man was
taken to a Lincoln, Neb., hospital in critical condition in December after
police found him nude and unconscious under a balcony with four oranges and a
partially-eaten apple lying underneath him. Police speculated he fell trying
to juggle the oranges while eating the apple." This item was sent to Juggler's
World by Judith & Gary Parker the same day the dentist told the
editor about a patient who, during New Year's Eve revelry, broke a tooth
with a pool ball he was juggling when it took a bad bounce off the ceiling.
Who says juggling is so healthy?
Atlanta's Alexis Lee spent the spring at Holland Village in Japan on
her second job at that resort park. Her act includes a shackle and sack
escape, torch swinging, manipulation of dinner plates, and a routine with an
apple, onion, rubber ball and audience volunteer in which she never eats the
The Passing Zone, 1989 Teams Champions Owen Morse and Jon Wee,
performed some new tricks during a six-week engagement at Expo 90 in Osaka,
Japan, in April and May. In one routine, each man rides a six-foot unicycle as
they exchange four basketballs. It's a shower pattern, with one man bouncing
the balls to the other while the partner passes them straight across. They're
working on five, a pattern in which both bounce balls across the void to the
other just as two hands would do in a five ball force bounce. Wee said they
hope to have some more new tricks for the convention in LA this summer -
including passing 10 clubs and vertical torch passing in their rola bola
Fort Wayne, Ind., Jugglers Anonymous members Valjane Langohr and
Giselle Langohr joggled their way to the 26th floor of the Fort
Wayne National Bank Building in the "Hoof to the Roof" stair climb, a
charity fundraiser in late March.
Rodger French is looking for performers for a new ensemble called
"The Deluxe Vaudeville Orchestra." Applicants must have proficiency on at
least one musical instrument and one or more vaudeville skills. Send your
promo material to him at: 503 E. Nelson Ave.; Alexandria VA 22301. Call
French ball spinner Francois Chotard writes from a performing tour of
Morocco that, with some help from children in the audience, he is able to spin
nine balls at a time on the contraption he holds with a single hand. It's a
new record for Chotard, and he will show it to conventioneers in Los Angeles.
Michael Moschen was the first variety act on Ricky Jay's mid-April CBS
television variety special called "Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women" (named
after the book of the same name written by Jay). Moschen performed his crystal
ball manipulation routine, which ends as he tosses the ball to his forehead
and lies down on stage with the ball still balanced there.
Several jugglers ran into each other at International Gardens Greenery
Expo '90 in Osaka, Japan in May. The Passing Zone (Jon Wee and Owen
Morse) and Ned Kelley were there, and ran into Las Piranhas
(Fritz Brehm, Franz Johan and Benji Marantz). Elsewhere in Japan, Karen
Quest is training employees of a new theme park called Sanrio Fantastic
Puroland in improvisation, movement and juggling through September. She
was expecting six months of no club passing, but one evening on the
train happened to run into Laurel Pickering, whom she
had first met eight years ago at the weekly juggling meetings at Valley
College in Los Angeles.
Roni Lynn (a registered occupational therapist) presented a workshop
in "juggling as a therapeutic activity" to more than 80 other OTR's in March
in Detroit, Mich. Lynn teaches that juggling is a unique therapeutic tool that
can be used with a wide variety of diagnoses and can be adapted to meet the
challenges of patients from pediatrics to geratrics. Anyone interested can
contact her at 3511 SW 35th St.; Hollywood FL 33023; 305/966-3227.
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