Paul Spadoni – Heavy Weight Juggler

Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 by John Wood
Another look at Paul Spadoni, sometimes billed as “The Cannon King” or “Heavy Weight Juggler Par Excellence” — his specialty was to lift, balance, and juggle anything heavy, such as cannons, cannon balls, and the “torpedo” shown here. It was said that his skill defied the laws of gravity. Spadoni filled Vaudeville theaters all over the country in the early 1900’s. His wife also joined in the act. More on Spadoni can be found at this post.
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The Great Spadoni

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2012 by John Wood
The Great Spadoni balances a dog cart on his chin

“The Great Spadoni,” aka Paul Krause from Germany, was one of the great masters of lifting, balancing and juggling heavy weights, a discipline known as jongleurs de force.

One of his best known feats is pictured at the right:

To begin, he was driven upon the stage in a full-sized dog cart. He then dismounted, removed the wheels — which were then set spinning on pivots fixed to the points of the shafts — lifted the dog cart in his arms and finally balanced the whole affair on his chin.

The balance aspect alone is certainly impressive (to say the least!), but the amount of whole-body strength involved in getting the cart into position in the first place and the level of neck strength necessary to keep it aloft, may be even more so.

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