Page 18 Fall 1992
Moschen Searches His Soul For Creative Spark
to the beginning
of the IJA Festival in Montreal,
Michael Moschen had serious reservations about whether or not to
attend and become involved. Until just a few days beforehand, he was
considering whether he should accept an honor from a group whose
values he seriously questioned.
he had enjoyed attending IJA festivals in his early years as a
juggler, and had many fond memories of them, as time went on
he felt that they seemed to emphasize
competition over creativity. He stopped attending because of that.
Another more recent issue was the publication in "Jugglers
World" of a review of a book on ball rolling. Moschen
considered the book an overt infringement to his proprietary
material. He considered publication of that review, and the
fact that it did not draw attention to the issue of stealing
material in relation to the content of the book, to be antithetical
to the IJA's mission of ''fostering the art of juggling."
the end Moschen did attend the Montreal Festival, in large part
because he wanted to explain to IJA members his feelings about the
creative process. His workshop, during which he heard comments,
answered questions and explained to a large crowd his serious
approach toward his work, clarified for many people the reasons that
the IJA honoree takes such passionate exception to people
capitalizing on his techniques.
We reprint here an edited version of his remarks.