Bobby May (born Ludwig Theodore Mayer, February 20, 1907–November 7, 1981)[1] was a vaudeville-era juggler. He is considered one of the best American jugglers.[1]


Bobby May was born in Cleveland, Ohio.[2]

Bobby May performed his first professional act at Cleveland's Luna Park in 1923 along with a young Bob Hope.[2]

One of May's most well-known acts involved juggling while ice-skating, which involved the use of three to five balls, clubs, hats, and cigarettes.[3]

May was known for playing the harmonica as well as singing and dancing.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b Juggling Hall of Fame entry for Bobby May
  2. ^ a b c Howard, Alan (November–December 2005). "Bobby May: The International Juggler". Juggle.
  3. ^ Hansen, Bert (1945). "Bobby May in Skating Vanities". Juggler's Bulletin.

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