In 1945, after the war, Mr. Bramson began performing as a young boy, with his parents as a trio called "the Bramsons". Bob, who had been practicing since the age of six, had not only his schoolwork, but a heavy training schedule as well, which included ballet, piano and guitar lessons, and juggling practice.
In 1953, Mr. Bramson's father, Paul Renner suffered a heart attack on stage at the Apollo Theatre in Dusseldorf, and died after a career also spanning more than fifty years. Bob then carried on the family act with his mother until 1964, when he went on to work solo.
In 1968 Bob married Elizabeth, also a juggler. They performed together until Elizabeth retired from touring to raise their daughter. Today she runs a ballet school.
Bob Bramson's performance, full of original ideas and many difficult juggling moves, is still unique among contemporary acts. In his own fifty-year career, Mr. Bramson has worked in Europe's foremost circuses and on the world's greatest stages and TV shows such as the Ed Sullivan Show in 1962, 1966 and 1968. In 1965 he performed at New York's Radio City Music Hall. In 1971 Bob was seen in Los Vegas at the Tropicana "Folies Bergere Show" and at the Dunes Hotel in 1975-76. In 1989 Bob took part in London's Royal Command Performance.
This is an interview with Bramson, published in the Summer 1996 edition of Juggler's World.
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