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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 father,[1] Oscar Firschke,[2] 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.[1][3]

At age 14 she was a star, performing on all the great stages in Europe.[1] In 1938 she moved to America,[2] 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.[1] Trixie received the Historical Achievement Award from the IJA in 1991.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 http://www.juggling.org/jw/90/2/trixie.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.juggling.org/jw/90/3/letters.html
  3. http://www.juggling.org/books/alvarez/part8.html#p93a
  4. 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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