The Historical Juggling Props museum began when David Cain got his hands on a set of Van Wyck clubs. This re-ignited an old dream of his to build a collection of juggling props with historic value that could be displayed as an exhibit at conventions and festivals.
Since then David has realized his dream by putting together a formidable collection of “innovative and rare clubs,” “vintage mass marketed props,” “world record props,” and collections from classic performers. Some of our favorite items in the collection are the various Van Wyck clubs, the collection of Francis Brunn props, and the club “broken in anger” by Jason Garfield.
This museum is a great treasure for the Juggling Subculture. We appreciate David’s hard work in collecting, cultivating and displaying the props that tell the story of juggling history.
The WJF has done so much to advance the understanding of and interest in the sport side of the juggling subculture. Here is the promo video for the fifth WJF event coming up in December. This video gives a great description of the different competitions and how they are scored.
Looks like the WJF will be putting on another awesome event!
When I was a younger juggler I lost a potential reoccurring gig at a local San Diego hotel because I couldn’t afford liability insurance. I just wish that the IJA had offered this affordable liability insurance for jugglers back then.
What a great opportunity for any performing juggler.
My dad taught me how to juggle when I was 11 years old. Like most young jugglers I taught myself a few tricks, bought a juggling video from a magic catalog, and generally enjoyed my private little juggling life. Then something happened–I heard about the International Juggling Association, a group of jugglers that had conventions, workshops, a Web site, a magazine, and even MEMBERSHIP CARDS!! (Remember I’m 11. These things are huge!) Soon I discovered other juggling clubs and organizations and realized that there really was a world wide juggling subculture.
In case you haven’t found them yet here’s a brief description of the two major juggling organizations:
The World Juggling Federation: Started as an alternative to the IJA, the WJF is dedicated to promoting the sport of juggling world wide. Focusing on numbers, records, and trick difficulty instead of performance, the WJF sponsors training and competitions for jugglers. Portions of the WJF convention were even aired on ESPN2 in 2005.