Page 4 March 1984
IJA Scout Spots the Pros In Las Vegas Nighspots
By Alan Howard, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
VEGAS W AS GREAT! I SPENT three nights there and met all the jugglers
in the five shows I saw. I don't think I missed any juggling acts in
town, though Fly By Night closed at the Tropicana before I arrived.
LUCAS IS ONE OF THE stars
of the Fire and Ice show at the Hacienda.
After his introduction as the world's greatest ice skating juggler,
Lucas skates on stage in front of
the curtain and juggles seven rings. He keeps them going for close to
30 seconds (I saw his act twice one night - he does about 120 total
throws) and then pulls them down over his head.
this time the announcer introduces him by name, the curtain is raised
and Lucas goes into a routine with four tennis rackets, doing
pirouettes, shoulder throws, and a shower. Then he cascades five
rackets, throwing one under his leg before finishing.
new in Lucas' act since I saw him a year ago is comedy. He now has a
few humorous bits sprinkled throughout his eight-minute act, and
occasionally talks to the audience. Brief routines with four scarves,
and up to three ping-pong balls from his mouth are given a more
humorous build-up than before.
a three club routine is presented while skating around the small ice
rink on stage. He says he is just now getting used to the size of the
ice, which is quite a change from the huge arenas he worked for Ice
The club routine includes such tricks as three with one hand as he skates in a circle, and a pirouette with all three in the air, then a second pirouette (after catching two clubs) before the final catch.
puts on a belt with three net pockets and juggles seven balls,
catching one in a net, and continues with a five ball shower before
catching another in a pocket. He then does a number of pocket catches
with three balls, including pirouettes and three balls in one hand.
A combination trick follows. He spins beach balls on a mouthstick and his right hand while spinning rings on his right arm and leg and juggling three rings with the left hand. Skating all the while, of course!
The finishing routine is three torches, culminating with continuous throws of the torches through his legs from front to back.
mentioned to him that these betweenthe-leg
tosses have become known to many
jugglers as "Albert throws" and asked him what he called
them. He was flattered (noting he certainly wasn't the first person to
perform the trick), and said he had no name for the move although he
used to call them "a pain in the neck!"
ARMANDOS ARE APPEARING at
the Holiday Casino through at least March.
This Brazilian husband and wife team
juggles for just over seven minutes.
act begins with the man juggling three
rings in one hand while supporting his
wife above his head with his other hand
as she spins a ring on her arm. Next, they
each juggle three clubs and quickly
pass the six between them.
three club routine is very fast and flashy,
with a variety of tricks in rather quick
succession. The trick I remember best
is a half-pirouette, throwing the clubs with
backcrosses immediately before the turn.
He also did chops, Albert throws, and
a kick-up of two clubs at once.
pair did some fast take-aways with a
hat steal. He then presented a routine with
four clubs, including shoulder throws,
back crosses, pirouettes, and a shower
while running backward in a tight circle.
did a five club cascade next, then his wife came forward with a sixth
club. I thought they would do some more passing, but was
pleasantly surprised when he juggled the six all by himself! He kept
them going for eight throws before catching them... not a long time,
but I was certainly impressed.
this, he briefly juggled seven rings, then returned to the clubs,
doing three of them as she stood on his head and also juggled three.
the act she performed various tumbling feats between the juggling
routine. The final routine was performed with straw hats. He began by
spinning them upside down on his finger, then sailed them out
over the audience. When they returned, boomerang-like, he caught them
under his legs forward or backward, or by jumping over his wife. He
kept three and four hats going in boomerang fashion, and also did the
three low and fast, putting them on his head as he caught them only to
remove them quickly and toss them again.
ST. JULES PERFORMS twice
daily at Circus Circus. The time of his and all acts there changes
daily, coming twenty minutes apart from 11 a.m. to midnight. It
is best to ask someone when the act you want to see will be performing
is married to Terry, star of the Flying Cavarettas, who is possibly
the only woman in the world performing the triple somersault on the
flying trapeze. St. Jules said he and she will be at Circus Circus
until some time in July.
act begins with a three ball routine reminiscent of Kris Kremo. He
follows with five balls, both in the air and off the floor in a fast
reverse bounce. Five rings are performed next, finishing with a
pirouette while all five are in the air (catching them to much
clubs had been placed on the stage before the act began, and at this
point St. Jules kicks up four of them and performs a routine which
includes shoulder throws and a shower. He follows this by juggling
five clubs with triple spins.
routine with three rings comes next. He catches each one over his head
continuously, but quickly removes it so the next can be thrown on.
He juggles six rings, does a three club routine, and concludes with
three torches. The act runs slightly more than nine minutes.
appearing at the Circus Circus is Yvonne Savage, who juggles on
a six-foot unicycle. Her finale trick is to kick up from her foot to
her head five cups and saucers in sequence while spinning a hula hoop
around her waist. The stack is completed with the kickup of a spoon
and sugar cube into the top cup.
LONG BEEN A PART OF the City
Lights show at the Flamingo Hilton, Nino Frediani was
scheduled to move to the Moulin Rouge show at the Las Vegas
Hilton on March 14. His act, which lasts about 12 minutes, is
the longest of any of the jugglers currently in Las Vegas. He says he
does only "about five minutes of juggling," though I believe
it's actually more than that.
is billed as "the world's fastest juggler." He begins with
three small balls, with tricks coming faster than I could legibly
write them down. His routine with three large balls includes a lot of
juggling, bouncing, and spinning.
While spinning a ball in each hand, he kicks a third up to sit spinning on top of one of the others, or will kick the third up to a continuous bounce on his head.
fast routine with three clubs, then a routine of flipping three rings
continuously over his head conclude the juggling portion of his act.
his time on stage, Frediani occasionally speaks to the audience, making
humorous asides as he goes through his routines with his music. The
rings are done only to an occasional drum beat, so Frediani is able to
talk to the audience more and performs several gags. The final routine
in the act consists of tossing rings out to four members of the
audience, who throw them back one at a time. Frediani eventually catches
the rings in succession over his head, diving all over the stage to do
so. No matter how impressive his other juggling has been, this is the
routine that the audiences remember him for.
MORE THAN SIX YEARS OF continuous work at the Stardust Hotel, Kris
Kremo was scheduled to leave March 2 to perform with Circus Knie in
Switzerland this season. Lasting just under 12 minutes, Kremo's act
begins with him running on stage and juggling four suitcases. This
precedes a manipulative routine with a red derby, and a juggling and
balancing routine with the derby, a cigar, and a set of gloves rolled
into a ball.
the balls, Kremo works with three red top hats. He throws them in a
great variety of ways to land on his head, and seems to bounce them off
his head as easily as other jugglers
is generally acknowledged as the greatest of cigar box jugglers and
works with hardly any excess motion of the boxes at all. Kremo' s boxes
seem to just hang in the air until he decides to retrieve them.
finish and highlight of the act is his second box routine, featuring his
pirouettes. Among other feats, Kremo performs a double pirouette leaving
all three boxes in front of him, and ends with a triple pirouette with
one box in the air.
of the jugglers I talked with expressed an interest in attending the
IJA convention in Las Vegas this summer not to compete, but simply to
watch the happenings. But in case you don't see them on the convention
floor, plan your Las Vegas vacation with ample extra time to see them
perform in their individual shows around town.
Nino Frediani - "World's Fastest Juggler" will be in Las Vegas this summer.