By Dominique Jando
Born Francisco Tebar Honrubia in Valencia, Spain, Picaso, Jr. is the son of the legendary juggler El Gran Picaso, who, as a genuine star in Europe in the 1960s and '70s, popularized "mouth juggling" with ping-pong balls. Although his father taught him to juggle at an early age, Francisco thought that he was too shy to be a performer. Therefore, he chose to attend college, which he did, earning a degree in economics. He later spent some time in the military, which he when, as a hobby, he began honing his juggling skills.
When a small circus owned by friends of his family came to perform near the base where he was stationed, Francisco performed his juggling routine for them and was offered a job on the spot. Realizing that he couldn't escape his circus heritage, he embarked on a brilliant career with an act reminiscent of his father's, though with a more contemporary touch.
Picaso, Jr.—as Francisco is known—has since been featured in Europe's major circuses and variety theaters. He has also appeared in the United States at the Big Apple Circus, in 2004-05. He was awarded a Silver Clown at the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo in 2002. He also appears in the Guiness Book of World Records for flashingIn juggling, the act of juggling objects in a move that is sustained for only a very short time. four ping-pong balls with his mouth.
- Video: Picaso, Jr., juggler, in the Big Apple Circus production of Picturesque (2004)