We all have influences in our craft. One of mine is a fellow named Bobby May. He died in 1981 and started performing in 1922 (alongside Bob Hope). He is considered one of the greatest jugglers, particularly of American jugglers. He worked the Vaudeville circuit and performed flawless routines with ease. He also had tons of class, dressing like Fred Astaire and performing in the style of “gentleman juggler.”
I love Bobby May’s style – that of a classy tie-wearing juggler who can entertain any type of crowd. He doesn’t have to paint his face and become a clown. He doesn’t have to twist balloons for all the kids. He just shows off his superior juggling skills and everybody loves it.
Here’s a short excerpt of a film made about Bobby May. I especially enjoy his ball routine towards the end of this video: