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Selma Braatz

June 5, 2013

Selma Braatz (1885-1973), German-born international juggler
(photo: White, Bradford, England, 1907)

‘Trent’s Bill as Good as the Rest.
‘Better vaudeville than that offered at the Trent Theatre yesterday would be difficult to secure as the bill is strong from the opening to the closing act.
‘Hermann, the Great, puzzled two large audiences with his most mystifying tricks. Selma Braatz, a sixteen year old [sic] girl, performed marvelous juggling feats with east and daring. Milton and Dolly Nobles offered the sterling playlet, Why Walker Reformed. Zena Diefe, a charming little girl, made a hit with her all-round vaudeville work. Dixon and Anger, Morton Temple and Morton and Mellnotts, Lanole and Mellnotte also added to the excellence of the program.’
(Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, New Jersey, Tuesday, 25 September 1906, p.2e)

Empire Palace Theatre, Edinburgh, week beginning Monday, 5 November 1906
‘In assuming the title of ”The Lady Cinquevalli,” Selma Braatz takes a good deal upon herself, but the dexterity, skill, and grace with which she juggles with umbrellas, silk hats, and billiard cues render her performance little short of marvellous.’ (The Scotsman, Edinburgh, Tuesday, 6 November 1906, p. 7b)

‘The Keith vaudeville show for next week at the Grand [Syracuse] will have two headline features, Emmett Devoy and company in their own dramatic fantasy, In Dreamland, and Harry Katzer and V. Phelen, who will present The Angolus, a symphony in four scenes, and the appropriate music will be rendered by Glover Ware’s “Village Choir”. The music is by N. Harris Ware. Another feature act will be Selma Braatz, said to be Europe’s greatest female juggler. She is said to surpass any male performer in the business.’
(The Syracuse Herald, Syracuse, New York, Friday, 16 October 1908, p.7g)

‘Majestic, Chicago (Reviewed Monday Matinee, December 15 [1919])
‘No. 1 – Selma Braatz, lady juggler, presented a clever line of first-glass juggling that was well received. She has pep and personality and does her work with grace and ease. She is a nifty dresser and her stage is well arranged and pleasing. Twelve minutes; two bows.’
(The Billboard, Cincinnati, New York, Chicago, Saturday, 20 December 1919, p. 49c)