Martha "Trixie" Firschke (1920-2001) was born in a circus family in Budapest, Hungary. She started learning juggling from her stepfather, Oscar Firschke, when she was 11 years old. Her father had seen Enrico Rastelli perform, and he taught his daughter many Rastelli-style tricks. Trixie was able to balance a ball on a mouth stick the first time she tried it.
Trixie's typical practice method was to do a trick perfectly 10 times out of 10, starting over if she missed any attempts. She was able to juggle 5 large balls, 7 plates, and 6 plates with a head bounce, and she could bounce two balls on her head at once.
Trixie performed in various venues in Europe, including circuses and variety showcases, and for a number of heads of state and royalty. In 1938, she moved to America, where she worked at Radio City Music Hall, in a movie with Fred Astaire, and as a featured star with Ice Capades from 1942 to 1957. She married Escoe Larue, another Ice Capades performer. Trixie received the Historical Achievement Award from the IJA in 1991.
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