Martha "Trixie" Firschke (1920-2001) was born in a circus family in Budapest, Hungary. She started learning juggling from her father,Oscar Firschke, when she was 11 years old. Her father had seen Enrico Rastelli, and he taught his daughter to copy many of Rastelli's tricks. Trixie was able to balance a ball on a mouth stick the first time she tried it.
Trixie's typical practice method was to do a trick perfectly 10 times out of 10. If she missed any one of those she would go back and start over. She was able to juggle 5 large balls, 7 plates, and 6 plates with a head bounce, and she could bounce two balls on her head at once.
At age 14 she was a star, performing on all the great stages in Europe. In 1938 she moved to America, where she worked at Radio City, in a movie with Fred Astaire, and as a featured star with Ice Capades from 1942 to 1957. She married Escoe Larue, another performer with the Ice Capades. Trixie received the Historical Achievement Award from the IJA in 1991.