Franciscan circus club

By Hugh Brien

Juggling has always had the wonderful effect of making people wonder in awe, especially when it is well done.  It is an ancient art, going back to medieval times and beyond to the ancient era. Franciscan University of Steubenville may have a juggling club in the near future thanks to freshman Ryan Burke.  Burke said he wants to start a club to spread his passion for juggling, as well as to establish the first of its kind on campus, setting up his legacy in the university.

Ryan was first exposed to juggling in 8th grade, in his school’s fine arts class.  His older brother was president of the juggling club when he first joined, and got him enthused about the art.  Burke eventually rose to the rank of vice-president, developing his skill in several different types of juggling.

He got the idea of starting a club at Franciscan when he was juggling in the lobby of St. Francis Hall and started talking to another juggler who came up to him. Their conversation included juggling with balls, clubs and rings.

He also knows the Chinese diablo yoyo, even though this is not considered juggling.  It comprises of manipulating a two cones attached at the tips with a string attached to two sticks.  Besides teaching future members of the club all these skills, Burke also plans to try anything from unicycle juggling to magic and comedy.  These would be included in the seasonal shows Burke plans to have once they get approval from the university. He wants to start with shows just on campus, but eventually hopes to expand to shows in and around Steubenville.

Given enough interest, Burke would be able to provide some very entertaining performances. Once the club is officially active he wants to meet at least once a week in a very informal setting of practicing and teaching, but is still working on finding a regular room.  Burke has had some problems garnering some interest, mainly because he is very limited in the places he can advertise.  If students are interested they can contact Burke through his email

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