Sunday, February 5, 2017

Juggling Jokers

Jan 15, 2019. Quick update about two gorgeous juggling jokers that arrived today.  Of course, this whole section needs an overhaul but this update will do for now.

juggling jokers from Eastern Europe
juggling jokers from Eastern Europe

Here's a jester juggling which is oddly beautiful. It's odd in that  it is from a deck by Pringles. YES, the potato chip people! Not a brand that made me think of aesthetics and art. But I'm wrong.  Notice the sensual curves of the chips and the playful touches on the designs of the jesters and royal cards! Pringles surprised me with these sensational playing card designs.
Pringles Cards: A Beautiful Jester Joker
Pringles Cards: A Beautiful Jester Joker

 Here's some of the Pringle royal cards. Anyone know the story of how and where Pringles made these?

Ukrainian Jokers. Juggling!

Here's the royal cards from this deck (which oddly, lacks cards two through five). I assume the T is an ace, right?

Here's the back and one of the lowest cards in the deck:

I have over 75 different juggling jokers. (circa Sept 2017)
Below is a small sampling of them.  I expect soon to have the time to properly photography my jokers with a juggling them and in the meantime, here's a good sample of them.    I gushed about a joker since it evoked the classical jester theme of juggling.

 Then I went on a quest to find my jokers with a juggling theme. There turn out to be sixty seven different juggling jokers in the collection at this time.   Here's they are:

Juggling Joker
Juggling Joker

The joker above is from  the Gold Rabbit deck,  Shanghai Playing Cards Factory, Shanghai, China. Probably 1980's. TVB.
Now if you are paying attention, you'll realize that categorizing jokers properly is harder than juggling four pins while balancing on a board on a ball.  For instance, should this next joker be categorized as a juggling joker (since he's juggling cards and balancing on a ball) or in the jokers featuring playing cards section? Answer: juggling card jokers get categorized as jugglers, not as card-themed jokers.  Management decision!

Here's the photos of the entire juggling section: Mid January, 2019! Almost 13 full pages of juggling jokers!

The Scatterman jokers are no longer in the juggling section: Scatterman now has his own section in the collection. Here's a note from the Facebook Joker Playing Card discussion of May 17, 2018, Joop Muller explained:

The black and white joker was made by Mesmaekers from Turnhout in the 1930's. It was chosen as the standard Carta Mundi joker after the merging of the playing card divisions of Van Genechten, Biermans and Brepols. Van Genechten had already taken over Mesmaekers and had in this way acquired the rights of this joker too.

And if you don't mind, I thought I'd include a picture of yours truly (an expression that means me) doing some juggling. It was original posted on my sports blog.

For those of you who want to know what happened at the end of the video.... it turns out that I had forgotten to chew so I started to choke.  Once I realized what was happening, I remembered that I use to have this same problem back in the early 1970s when I use to perform this trick.  Here I am, half a century later, and I'm still forgetting to chew and swallow.  Totally cracked me up! Practically make me choke to death too. And here is a quick look via video of my juggling jokers as of 9/2/2017: 

Want to see more jokers? First, leave a comment on this blog: I need the encouragement. Two, pick your interest from this exciting list:

Owl Man Joker Juggling and Sitting


  1. Here is a spelling test using VocabularySpellingCity with playing card vocabulary.

  2. I've recently split this section into juggling, where the balls are being juggled upwards. And scattering, where all the items are being scattered downwards. I've done this in the album but still need to take some pictures to show it online.

  3. The Pringels deck could be made by Cartamundi, bc the pips from the indexes are from that company. From the mid January 2019 photo, the middle center one Idk what Cartamundi deck from, but I know the bottom center one is from the Blackjack brand(which was discontinued in the mid 2010s sadly, but it's a really good deck(I'm morely a Cartamundi fan, not so USPC fan like others.)

  4. I really love the juggling


Thanks for your input and for reading and thinking about jokers.