Page 10 Fall 1992
Robinson, an American magician, had a hand snake with a mind of its
own. Six Chinese rings boggled the audience as Robinson clanked them
together and apart seemingly at will.
Ballanger, an English performer, did a two ball routine while playing
a recorder. He repeated the tricks playing the recorder through his
nose. He acted so scared of juggling sickles that he knocked himself
to the floor.
Labaroutte, a Canadian clown, blew his nose in his gloves. With rings
he made a bird, toilet seat and elephant ears. He comically
articulated the sounds of his pretend automobile as he drank and
smoked himself to heaven.
Estrem, a French street comic, talked as fast as his speeding devil
stick routine. When Ge Ge dropped, he used his sticks on his leg. He
did propeller spin for half the routine and stuck his tongue in it.
a four-person German troupe, did a tightly choreographed dance with
clubs in their hands, but they didn't juggle. They dropped the clubs
and swept them off. Returning, they juggled 12 hats and passed
and put them on each others'
Guru from Australia entered carrying a suitcase. He made 180-degree
turns without turning the case. His ping pong popping routine
culminated with a volunteer popping one into his mouth.
an American performer now living in Paris, clowned around adjusting
the placement of his bag and saying "Merci" 20 separate
times, and then "Merci beaucoup."
Thomas from England changed the color of balls as they were pulled in
and out of a paper bag. He tossed a ball through the top of his hat
and it came out through a trap door in the front. Lynn spun a ball,
ring and coin on top of his umbrella.
Chotard, a French ball spinner, had balls spinning on balls. Using
finger picks he spun four balls with one hand.
spun six walls and two plates on sticks held by volunteer children.
a French juggler, performed a cigar box type routine with three large
balls. She juggled five rings and was quick and smooth with three
clubs. Given a special assortment of four flowers, she juggled them
also, doing a four column split.
a French performer, did a three torch routine that included a chin-to-noseto-forehead
from around the world may do well to try to follow the example set by
Canadian Ben Labaroutte as he attended the European Jugglers
Labaroutte got the Cultural Affairs Office of Quebec to pay for his air fare and some of his housing costs for a two week stay in France. The veteran clown said the secret was supplying clear, specific information on exact objectives of his trip. His intent was to establish international relations at the convention, and to gather information to start a Quebec street performers association.
From atop his pedestal, Laval's own Ambroise Pare', an early and highly regarded French surgeon, reacts with curiosity to a juggling visitor sharing his pedestal.
A Danish and an American juggler together.
Leaders of the parade with a unique vantage point.