Made a quick little video in honor of world juggling day! The music is terrible but I was stuck with what iMovie offered.
I wrote a few months back about a vaudeville juggler from the early 1900s that shares my last name, who also patented illuminated juggling equipment in the United States. I was never able to find a picture of the guy, but as of today I got my hands on a drawing of him that accompanied a review of his performance at London’s Alhambra Theatre 1894:
Mr. Morris Cronin, a juggler, with a fancy for trifling with Indian Clubs. Mr. Cronin’s play is singularly easy and complete, and he doesn’t seem to be able to let the clubs drop out of his fingers, try as he may. It was quite amusing to see the clubs, when they thought he wasn’t looking, try to sneak over the back of his hand and get down on the floor, but they never got closer than a couple of inches off the stage when they are hauled hopelessly back. There was something almost uncanny in the finesse of his performer, and I shouldn’t have thought so much fun could be got out of such simple weapons.
It’s not a super detailed drawing, but it looks like he was a pretty tall guy, with dark hair. He looks a lot like my grandfather, with his prominent nose.
Until I find more, play the juggling shell game!