The Incomparable Juggler

A place of real importance is accorded to M. Paul Cin-quevalli on the variety stage of the present day ; and no intelligent observer has yet witnessed his marvellous performances without being impressed with the fact that he is veritably a genius among jugglers.

People who have only seen M. Cinquevalli 011 the stage have yet to learn other phases of this extraordinary man's powers. I11 person, he is not tall, but well proportioned ; his deportment is natural and engaging. Born at Lissa, Poland, M. Paul Cinquevalli went to school in Berlin. From a scholastic point of view, he was by no means a precocious child ; but at the gymnasium attached to the establishment he was quite a different being, and was generally found whirling around the horizontal bar, or trapeze whenever his presence was required to atone for any misdeed. This went on for several years ; he learned little in the schoolroom, but very much in the gymnasium. Besides keeping himself off the earth as much and as often as possible, he contracted a desire to do the same with inanimate objects, and could balance almost anything on the tip of his nose, at the same time keeping several balls in the air.

At the end of the session the scholars gave a display before their parents and friends, in which young Paul figured conspicuously as the star of the occasion. He would do hair-raising feats on bar, ring, and rope, and took prize after prize. '' It was a proud moment after it was all over, and everyone, including my family, had gone home," observed M. Cinquevalli ; " I was still lingering around the playground, when a gentleman came up, and, after complimenting me on my skill, asked me who had taught me some of my hardest tricks.''

"I told him I had taught myself."

"He seemed surprised, and asked further if I had ever thought of becoming a professional gymnast. On my replying in the negative, he talked for a few moments longer, and then, asking my father's name and address, left me."

'' On reaching home I found that he had preceded me and insisted on leaving tickets to one of the theatres for the entire family. We went that evening, and my friend of the afternoon appeared, and performed some serial feats on the flying trapeze that appeared to me little short of miraculous." To cut the story short, the boy was enticed by the showman to run away from home.

" A week later," resumed the renowned juggler, "I was en route, with my new acquaintance, for Odessa."

" On reaching there, I wrote home, and shortly after, received a letter from my father, giving me two months to return, or, failing to do so, to consider the family circle complete without me. I was only a boy of twelve at the time, and my new life fascinated me.''

" I did not return."

After performing in all the principal cities in Russia, he returned, at length, to Germany, and, after two years, reached Berlin, where his father still resided.

One night, by request, the company gave a performance before the Emperor, and the next morning the newspapers spoke in the most eulogistic terms of the performances of the young gymnast. His mother met him with open arms ; not so, however, with the father, who considered that the son had forfeited paternal affection ; nothing at first could persuade him to invite Paul to return home.

" At last I met my father at one of the large cafes," said M. Cinquevalli, " and a moment after we were seated at a table, friends once more ; the past forgotten and forgiven,"

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requires years of application and assiduous perseverance before it is perfect, and even then it does not permit of a holiday. For instance, I rehearse my billiard balls and wine glass act every day most rigorously for a quarter of

'' Yes ; I am proud of my profession. The question is often asked me, how to go to work to become a juggler. There is only one way, and one rule. It applies to everything else equally well, and that is : whatever you make an hour in the dressing room, before I attempt to perform it in front of the audience."

He holds a wine glass in his mouth, and puts a billiard ball in the cup of it. Then he places two other balls on the butt end of a cue, and balances that on the ball in the glass; next, by an almost imperceptible movement of the neck, he displaces the uppermost ball without dislodging its fellow, and receives it in his right hand, throws it back to hit the other, and catches both, one in either hand, leaving the cue in perfect balance.

up your mind to do, stick to it until it is done. I have found it work very well.''

" Do you practise every day ? " I asked, at length.

'' I generally practise several hours a day,'' said M. Cinquevalli ; " particularly when I have a new trick to give. Pardon the word trick, as it scarcely expresses what I mean ; for juggling as you know, is distinct from conjuring. The one can be learned in a few days, at most in a few months ; whilst often a single act in juggling

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A Second-Sight Novelty :—Remove the decayed bloom from an orange which will leave a hole. Round this hole you will find several protuberances, count these and you have the number of pips inside the orange. This can, doubtless, be worked up to form a "startler " in a Second Sight Act.—Prof. Peroc.

New Vanishing Cards (Backhand Palm.)—Hold the entire pack, face upwards, in the left hand fanwise. The front card i.e. the one most exposed, is now taken in the right hand and seemingly thrown in the air, (really back palmed). The right hand now takes a second card and under cover of doing so returns the first to the left hand where it is held between the second and third fingers, and of course, concealed by the outspread pack. The second card is now vanished and the operation is repeated as often as desired. When presenting the trick the performer will find it an advantage to make a slight turn to the right so that his left side almost faces audience.—Clinton Burgess, (New York).

The " Pass" with Three Cards (variation).—In making the pass, instead of having, say, three selected cards put upon the lower heap and passing them to the top, I have the cards put in the pack one at a time, in any part of the pack, and yet the three cards are eventually brought all together to the top, This is done in the following manner :—First card is put back and regular double-hand pass made to bring it to the top. As the next card is replaced the top card (one of the selected cards) is clipped between the first finger and thumb of right hand, and held thus while the second card is passed to the top under the first card which is now placed over it. Pack now spread out and last card returned. Performer now clips the two top cards between the fore-finger and thumb, not exactly palming them but simply holding them there until the lower half of pack, with the last selected card on top, is brought by the pass under the cards thus held.—Clinton Burgess, (New York). To Mr, Ellis Stanyon, Glasgow, July 18th, 1900,

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