Archive for October, 2006

Happy Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006


My pumpkin this year… one of Banksy’s rats.


Nowhere near as detailed as some of the pumkins at, but I’m still pretty happy with how it turned out.

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Bodhisattva with Thousand Hands & Eyes Dance (Thousand Hand Kwan Yin)

Monday, October 30th, 2006
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I remember Ryan bringing this piece to my attention on a while ago, but unfortunately he could only find half the routine…

I managed to find the full routine on youtube. This piece is performed by The China Disabled People’s Arts Troupe. All the dancers in this routine, as well has having amazing body control, are all Deaf, blind, or handicapped in some way. That means they either can’t hear or see their cues…

This video is truly inspirational, showing some of the really cool effects that can be created by multiple persons… Anyone else see the tuts and waves in there? 😉 not to mention the personal difficulties experienced by the performers.

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Jochen Schell Manipulation

Monday, October 30th, 2006


Ring isolation video Very good technique and presentation, very much inspired by Moschen it seems. And damn it, I want a spinning top on a Samurai Sword (video link) :).

Brilliant skills from this German performer who has been in the business nearly 2 decades. I remember feeling, when watching him on stage at EJC Carvin, that there was something slightly sinister about his stage character, I hope its only the stage makeup! For me, it all added to the performance.
Enjoy, Drew.

Masaki Hirano

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

A 2nd promotion video by Masaki Hirano (produced by Juggler Senjyu)

I remember a drunken pub conversation with London’s Matt Brown which went like this:

Ryan: “Is juggling cool?”

Matt: “No. Magic is cool. Breakdancing is cool. Juggling though… at least to the rest of the world, isn’t cool. Its geeky”

Ryan: “But what about Matt Hennem? He’s cool”

Matt: “Thats because Matt Hennem is disguising his juggling as breakdancing”

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Masaki Hirano is cool. With his blend of 3 ball juggling and tutting, he makes us forget that we are watching something innately geeky. I mean, just look at those shades, baggy jeans and that ‘I’m bored” expression. Awsome.

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Funny Friday 118-118

Friday, October 27th, 2006

118-118 do the honda choir advert
This shouldn’t be here. (lobster manipulation?)

Floating balls, we like balls

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Beautiful music video featuring a floating chair made out of acrylic balls. (CGI) Thanks to Zoc for the link.
(for work: features naked people who don’t have any nipples or rude bits.)

Rodney Mullen

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

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Stretching the definition of ”object manipulation”, here is a skateboarding vid that even you jugglers gotta respect. Rodney Mullen has been doing it with style and innovation for decades… If I were a skateboarder, he’d be my hero.


A skateboarding video in a circus blog… what’s next, eh?

Much Credit to 411 Video Mag for producing the clip.
Credits are important… we are only helping to bring you guys some of the best new circus content on the net. To get these clips from a real life event to the internet, we rely on good production companies out there like 411

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MoM loves the French

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

The French Manipulators and jugglers have a great online community at With discussion on all areas of manipulation, swinging, juggling and contact, all in one bullitin board.

There’s A whole area of videos and check the rest of the forum, as it seems that videos often crop up in other places. eg If you are into ball contact, this is a great archive of Balle Contact Videos

If you don’t read French, theres an excellent Firefox extension called Foxlingo which will translate the site in browser and keep the page layout, the translations are sometimes a bit funny, but they’re enough to let you work it out. To get you started “massues”=clubs.
Big hello to all our French friends.

Carvin 2006 Convention

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Thanks to Bousk for this Carvin Convention 2006 video on youtube showing Impressive juggling and manipulation:

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Ed writes: Carvin was an amazing convention spent watching amazing skill, and some amazing silliness as well…
Look out for Jeanine, Jonas Althaus (cool three ball Juggler), Marijke Gevers (excellent Clubswinging), Jive Faury and Bruno Labouret of In Isolation.

Francis Brunn – Interviews, Articles & Obituaries

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

“I find that I am fascinated by controlling one ball. It sounds like nothing, but it is quite difficult to do properly.” – Francis Brunn

blaise1.jpgAn attempt to link to all the Brunn articles and pages on the web, if there are any missing, please email, or post in the comments below.

A long and detailled Francis Brunn Interview from the IJA Newsletter, May 1981 By Gene Jones, (then) IJA President
Starts “My father was in a French prison camp in World War I. From behind barbed wire he saw a circus juggler warming up, and out of boredom he took three stones and tried it. Later, he showed me how using oranges..”

Francis Brunn and Natalie Enterline interviewed in Kascade 1996 Quote: “Don’t believe everything you read about Rastelli.”
Natalie Enterline was 1978 World Champion Baton Twirler. She combines her twirling skills with hat and cane manipulation and dancing and used to assist Francis Brunn in his act.
Now dead link: German site – with great photos of FB from the archive of Karl-Heinz Ziethen. (also a photo of Natalie Enterline).

Short Article by KARL-HEINZ ZIETHEN IJA Newsletter, October / November 1978 Volume 30 No. 6
Juggling hall of fame – Francis Brunn
Juggler’s World: Vol. 38, No. 1 1986? Francis Brunn – After almost 50 years, Brunn still looks forward rather than back.
Brunn told Juggler’s World magazine that he had nothing to prove.
“I can understand why a man wants to run the fastest 100 meters, but I don’t believe in juggling competitions,” he said. “It’s like seeing who could paint the fastest painting.”
Brunn filmography on IMDB
“Francis Brunn” on Wikipedia
Some more people Brunn inspired (it would be easier just to write everybody!):
Brunn inspired Michael Moschen
Brunn helped Philippe Petit in his bid to walk tightrope between world trade centre towers

Obituaries 2004
Dick Franco writes (already posted last week)
The Villager
Blog of Death

“For me, the biggest success is when the audience stays quiet” – Francis Brunn

Bug Fixes

Friday, October 20th, 2006

No Brunn post today, as I’ve spent the evening fixing Internet Explorer Bugs on MoM. Improved a lot of IE6 bugs and display (although there’s still the double scroll bars on the static pages). We’ve got a new IE7 bug (don’t use the IE7 page zoom function, it cant handle many background images!) the IE7 developers claimed that they’d fixed it… but alas :( a lot of pages including MoM suffer from display issues with this.
Great news: Firefox 2 has a spell checker so expect things to improve around here :)
For the third of you who still use IE, I highly recommend you: Get the Firefox browser. the web is safer, prettier and easier with Firefox. (here’s a video to prove that, well this is a video blog after all!)
And please guys, keep your browsers updated, (got to help>updates) we got some hits this month from firefox 0.8 and IE 4 !! those things are so old, they’re a security risk.
IF you’ve got a new and interesting display bug from the site, and You’d be kind enough to report it, that would be grand, a screen shot would be a bonus. we’re gradually cleaning up the code.
Send to: Drew@this domain
thanks, Drew

Ernst Montego Kuhn

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

ernst_montego_1997.jpgIf theres a gene for Juggling, its strong in the Brunn family. From Big Sky Film Festival:
Dance of Sisyphus
86 minutes, 2003 Super 16mm, Germany
By Bert Schmidt
“Ernest Montego, born Ernst Kuhn in Aschaffenburg, Germany in 1936, has been a juggler for over 50 years…. As a twelve year old, he went to the cinema and saw the duo Francis and Lottie Brunn in the Bavaria film “Tonelli” – and decided that juggling would be his future. What he didn’t realize at the time was that his choice of career was actually influenced by his own half-brother and -sister, an internationally famous juggling team who had made a name for themselves in the USA with the greatest circus in the world: “Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey”. A quarter of a century after that decisive visit to the cinema, Ernest Montego, now a master juggler himself, finally met his half-brother and in Las Vegas….”

Has anyone seen this documetary, or know where we can get a copy? Link to strandfilm the film producers site in German > scroll down to 2003.

Montego (pictured above) performed in a similiar way to Brunn – high skill, big balls and mouth sticks. I can only find one video of Montego online, here are 2 links to the same video – that sword opening is fantastic:

Ernest Montego is listed for 10 rings in 1957. his act finish you will see on the .mov above, is basically the Brunn finish… on a unicycle!

Another link to a vhs, scroll down to Hollywood Pallace Volume 1 ita a video vhs of a brunn performance from 1964 availiable to buy on VHS in the states for $14. Has anyone seen this and can give us a review?