Handbalancing goes back a long way although the man that took it to a whole new level was Professor Paulinetti. He perfected many of the most difficult hand balancing feats — and was the first man to accomplish the incredibly difficult one-arm planche. Professor Paulinetti was also the mentor to famed hand balancer Bob Jones. In fact, the image above once belonged to the personal collection of Bob Jones. On the back it is written that this photograph was taken in Italy around the year 1900.
It took a couple years but I finally tracked down an extremely rare copy of the York Hand Balancing Course. It was well worth the wait, you wouldn’t believe what’s in there. No author is listed but I believe that it was written by Bob Jones. We may actually reprint the York Hand Balancing Course at some point in the near future.
Another look at the inimitable Bob Jones, hopping into his signature ‘thumb-stand’ at a moment’s notice. I can’t find my notes but I believe this was shot at a tv show. I don’t believe anyone has ever duplicated this feat, If I’m wrong, it sure couldn’t have been many folks.