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Trixie Firschke
Martha "Trixie" Firschke (1920-2001) was born in a circus family in Budapest, Hungary. She started learning juggling from her stepfather, Oscar Firschke,[1][2] when she was 11 years old. Her father had seen Enrico Rastelli perform, and he taught his daughter many Rastelli-style tricks. Trixie was able to balance a ball on a mouth stick the first time she tried it.[3]

Trixie's typical practice method was to do a trick perfectly 10 times out of 10, starting over if she missed any attempts. 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.[3][4]

Trixie performed in various venues in Europe, including circuses and variety showcases, and for a number of heads of state and royalty.[5] In 1938, she moved to America,[1] where she worked at Radio City Music Hall, in a movie with Fred Astaire, and as a featured star with Ice Capades from 1942 to 1957. She married Escoe Larue, another Ice Capades performer.[3] Trixie received the Historical Achievement Award from the IJA in 1991.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.juggling.org/jw/90/3/letters.html
  2. http://ezine.juggle.org/2016/10/17/scott-cain-updates-on-previous-ejuggle-articles/
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://www.juggling.org/jw/90/2/trixie.html
  4. http://www.juggling.org/books/alvarez/part8.html#p93a
  5. http://ezine.juggle.org/2015/02/13/trixie-a-juggling-legend-spinning-through-history/
  6. http://www.juggle.org/history/honoraryawards.php
Trixie Firschke Juggling with Fred Astaire03:41

Trixie Firschke Juggling with Fred Astaire

Trixie juggling in Broadway Melody of 1940

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    • why is Trixie's video so short?  Is there another one somewhere that shows her juggling???
    • These are all the videos of Trixie I've seen: *http://youtu.be/LF23waJYwL8 *http://juggling.tv/2369 *http://youtu.be/idyTZo58z_4?t=41m

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