Ernest Montego

Ernest Montego (born Ernst Kuhn in 1936 in Germany) was one of the greatest jugglers of all time. The half brother of Francis and Lottie Brunn, Ernest learned to juggle after seeing a film of his siblings, not knowing that he had any connection to them. He specialized in ball spinning, combination tricks, ring juggling, and club juggling. He is most famous for the trick pictured above, the full Brunn Finish performed on a 5 foot unicycle. No one has ever duplicated this feat, which Ernest could still do at the age of 66. He passed away in 2016.

This is an Ernest Montego club dating from the 1960’s. It has a taped wood handle with a cork body. Donated by Ernest Montego.

This is a hexagonal wooden juggling club with reflective mylar decorations. It was used by Ernest Montego in performances starting in 1976 through his retirement in 1996. Its handle is wrapped in string. Donated by Ernest Montego.

This is a plastic juggling ring used by Ernest Montego in his ending combination trick. It is shown in the picture at the top of this page. Donated by Ernest Montego.

This is a plastic spinning ring used by Ernest Montego in his ending combination trick. Donated by Ernest Montego.

This is a wooden head pedestal used by Montego in his Brunn Finish in the 1950’s. Donated by Ernest Montego.

This is an Ernest Montego vinyl ball that was balanced on the head pedestal for the Brunn Finish on the unicycle. It is pictured at the top of this page. Donated by Ernest Montego.

montegomouthstickThis is Ernest Montego’s mouth stick. Acquired as part of the Paul Bachman Collection.

montegopedestalThis is Ernest Montego’s head pedestal. Acquired as part of the Paul Bachman Collection.

montegobatonThis is Ernest Montego’s juggling baton. Acquired as part of the Paul Bachman Collection.