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DavidCain -

Juggling Firsts

I've written three articles of eJuggle about "Juggling Firsts". This was a big project, which updates, expands, and sometimes corrects John Breen's Juggling Firsts list from 68 years ago. Please take a look and let me know what you think.

http://ezine.juggle.org/2014/11/17/juggling-firsts-part-one-balls-and-ball-bouncing/
http://ezine.juggle.org/2014/11/20/juggling-firsts-part-two-clubs-sticks-rackets/
http://ezine.juggle.org/2014/12/03/juggling-firsts-part-three-rings-hoops-and-miscellaneous/

David Cain

The Void - - Parent

Ooh, I'd always wondered how far back the bouncing hats went. I had Stetson pegged as the earliest I knew, but I admittedly hadn't done the research, and suspected it went back further. Where did the info for that one come from, if you don't mind me asking?

DavidCain - - Parent

Well, if you google "bounding hats" with "juggler" You'll find some mention of him. For an entire article about him, check out:
http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=LAH19090302.2.94
Here are some other mentions of him as the inventor of the trick.
http://www.juggling.org/jb/jb42.html
http://www.juggling.org/books/alvarez/part8.html
http://books.google.com/books?id=gniuuyaTyR4C&pg=PA74&lpg=PA74&dq=Paul+La+Croix+juggler&source=bl&ots=1Y8aEhInZD&sig=y6UPGljAVF_LtYVsT0_b37M_nO0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cgx_VM24FcfWiQLt_4HgCA&ved=0CD0Q6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=Paul%20La%20Croix%20juggler&f=false

Some other sources site Frank LeDent as the first to do bouncing / bounding hats, but it would appear that he was the second to do it and was better at it than La Croix. In fact, LeDent was eventually more famous for doing the bouncing hats than he was for performing 11 balls. I'm working on an article about LeDent.

David Cain

EricS - - Parent

This was a great series, David. I enjoyed this a great deal and it spurred some fantastic discussion over the history and evolution of juggling with many folks.

DavidCain - - Parent

Thanks. Sometimes I wonder if anyone even reads my articles. They're a ton of work, so I'm always glad to hear positive feedback.
David Cain

Brook Roberts - - Parent

I read your articles and I know of quite a few others round here who do too!

Orinoco - - Parent

I haven't had a chance to read any of this series yet, but fully intend to as I really enjoy your articles. I'm massively behind on my reading at the moment something I hope to remedy over the Christmas break if not before.

Little Paul - - Parent

Of course we read them! I've just stopped commenting because I'm running out of ways to say "another marvellous article David!"

While I'm here, do you happen to have a copy of Juggler's Bulletin Number 20, May 1946?

While I was reading the first of these articles, I had a read through the online copy (as it's the one which contains Tommy Breen's list) and the paragraph at the end of the page raised an eyebrow.

"We'll close with an original novelty for intimate type audience. Have several customers print names on slips of paper. Insert your photo in typewriter, fasten a slip on end of stick, balance stick on chin and auto- graph photo, copying from slip. (touch typing, see snapshot)"

I'm interested in seeing a copy of that "snapshot", if anyone has a copy they could scan, that'd be awesomesauce

DavidCain - - Parent

Yes, I do have it. I'll try to send it to you sometime soon. What's you email address?
David

Little Paul - - Parent

Awesome! Thanks :)

lp at lpbk dot net is probably the best one to use.

DavidCain - - Parent

I'm about to send it to you, but I assure you that it will be no help at all.

The Void - - Parent

Ha, now *that's* intruiging!

The Void - - Parent

As is my spelling....

Daniel Simu - - Parent

share share! We are excited too now :p

DavidCain - - Parent

It's a fuzzy picture of a guy sitting at a typewriter balancing a stick on his nose.

Daniel Simu - - Parent

awww

Orinoco - - Parent

Is that not what you were expecting from the description?

(also note for me: a{word-wrap:break-word;})

Daniel Simu - - Parent

The description was so cryptic that I did not make a real attempt to understand it until Davids description of the picture...

Just the fact that somebody was excited about seeing it, gave me reason to be excited about it :)

Little Paul - - Parent

If you desperately want to see it, I've cleaned up what David sent me and put it here:

http://paulseward.com/photos/2014/December-2014/typewriter.jpg.php

It has answered a couple of questions for me in terms of what was the stick like, how big the card was, was the performer seated or standing. I can also infer that it was a tramp character, although the "snapshot" appears to have been in a parlour setting rather than a stage.

I'm tempted to see if I can make a renegade act out of it in time for BJC/Bungay - although it'll take a bit of thinking to work out how best to "sell" it.

EricS - - Parent

This series in particular was great. The group I was talking with loved the identification of the first "eat the apple" juggler.

Many were non-jugglers, but still found the discussion interesting, maybe more so, as a couple of them are professional historians (I'm a political science professor). They were also fascinated when I showed them your historical props site.

DavidCain - - Parent

Do you know what's really funny? The eat the apple claim is the one I've gotten the most discussion about. Turns out there are at least three jugglers who made the claim that they were first. More research is needed on the history of juggling apple eating!
David

Little Paul - - Parent

Talking of eating the apple - Can any brits remember who performed ETA in the show at one of the Mostyn (Clock Tower) conventions? I can't remember if it was one of the two BUC events held there or one of the juggling events that followed in the years after.

I do remember someone doing an incredibly entertaining ETA routine [1] but I can't remember which year it was or who it was.

[1] and Jamie Fletcher freemounting his 9ft giraffe and then juggling 7 balls once he was up there... and a certain someone making a hole in the sprung wooden floor with a pogo stick... and something about a dead seagul

EricS - - Parent

It may be the most famous juggling routine among the public, so I guess the fight over its pedigree is understandable.

It may offer a different twist to Jason Garfield's question: "why an apple? You think it won't be funny if you use a different fruit?"

So, the question, was the first juggling fruit really an apple? :)

Little Paul - - Parent

my thought was that apples are an autumn fruit, which store fairly well so have a long "season" but which do still have a season so may not have been around all year...

so what did the early performers do out of season?

EricS - - Parent

Worked on bouncing balls upside down over a drum?

The Void - - Parent

Cool, thanks very much. I read all your articles and appreciate them a lot.
Thank you once again!

 

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