By Kyle Petersen

Another Video Friday is upon us, and this time we’re focusing on some of the greats from juggling’s past.

WC Fields is perhaps the most well-known juggler of all time. Though known primarily as an actor and vaudevillian comedian, Fields got his start in juggling, and showcased his talent in a number films. Here is an example of one of Fields’ classic juggling and cigar box routines.

Enrico Rastelli was born in 1896 to an Italian circus family. Known for his innovative combo tricks and his affinity for juggling even-numbered items, Rastelli is considered a forefather of modern juggling. Unfortunately, the video above is in Italian, but if anyone can translate, we’d love to know what it says!

Francis Brunn is one of the most refined and most polished jugglers of the 20th century. Brunn was a regular on “The Ed Sullivan Show”, and performed twice at the White House, where President Eisenhower proclaimed him the best juggler that he had seen. Brunn died in 2004.

Do you have a favorite juggler from the past that we’ve left out? Let us know!


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