Page 2 Summer 1989
Has Its Place
The Winter edition's "Disturbing
Trends" letter greatly disturbed me with its heavy
condemnation of jugglers who include anything other than fun in
their acts. Does the writer forget that jugglers and other traveling
performers here in
believe that even American audiences know performers who are able to
say something meaningful whilst performing on stage, film or record.
In the juggling world there is Michael Davis with his nuclear
deterrent routine on
all forms of entertainment we are constantly subjected to
expressions of performers' beliefs and opinions about our world. Why
should jugglers with courage and integrity not speak out also?
Incidentally, has everyone heard Sting's tribute to Ben Linder
called, "Fragile," on his "Nothing Like the Sun"
members of "A Juggling Club" in Albuquerque,
letter made several points concerning women's issues. For the most
part, they were valid. But we can only hope that humor was the letter
writer's driving force behind the statement, "tearing apart women
dummies on stage and using them for prop holders sends out a message
that it's OK to use women as objects and treat them violently."
young man that used a "woman dummy" as a "prop
holder" is a member of our club, and has never been known to use
a woman as an object or treat anyone violently. His is a kind and
gentle human being, and his act was seen as creative by men and women
it would be wise to get to know a
person before judging his intentions.
A Juggling Club Members
To Us All From An Everyday Juggler
had this urge recently to thank all the wonderful jugglers out there who
make my life and the lives of countless others just a wee bit more
am I? Who are these countless others? We're the real world
everyday jugglers. We're the ones who every morning wake to juggle jobs
we sometimes don't really like. We're the ones who find ourselves in
situations where we must juggle money, numbers and figures we hardly
understand. We're the ones who juggle children and professions at the
same time while we balance the spinning plate of chauvinism behind the
the ones who struggle with the diabolo of college work and the spindle
to pay it off. The ones who struggle with the devil stick of love and
still find the cigar box switch stuck in our memory. We're the everyday
jugglers who manage countless beanbags of personnel, some of whom we
never catch. We're the ones who juggle clubs of old age and need care
and understanding to get us to the final bow.
love you. You provide the smile we need to get by as just plain old
everyday jugglers. Thanks and keep on juggling.
James F. Dawson Brooklyn,
Over the Waves" was very good. I've been on a number of cruises
and saw one juggler who was not mentioned -- Jeff Taveggia.
probably could have offered a lot of insight. His two shows were very
impressive and quite funny. What impressed me most was his juggling
three torches while riding a unicycle around the stage. That may sound
easy, but the ceiling was only eight feet high, the 15-foot square stage
was closely surrounded by people and the ship was rocking. He didn't
drop a thing.
day after I saw his show I watched him practice. He gave me some helpful
pointers and told me about the IJA and "Juggler's World."
up the great work on the magazine.
It's the only one I read in its entirety!