About Albert G. Barnard
Taken from "Juggle's Bulletin" published in Tulsa, Oklahooma, dated Feb-Mar 1946:
"Last month the event we'd been looking forward to for some time happened--The Elgins made it to Tulsa! We'll repeat what others had told us before--here's a swell juggling crew to know and have as friends. Tom Breen called us upon arrival and the next day, Tommy, Cal Kenyon, Jim and Rose Baggett pushed through the heaps of boxes, hoops and printing, devices for a session in the Bulletin office. What impressed us most was the willingness of these artists to lend a helping hand to those less versed in the art and history of Juggling--namely us. If they come your way and you'd like to iron out a kink in your juggling routine don't fail to call on them. We caught the Elgins' act three times - from back stage twice - and can only say that we trust the Tulsa audience reception will bring them back annually. Al barnard of Wichita, Kansas surprised us all by making an appearance to catch the show and bringing with him some color movie film taken of The Elgins and Al in action at Wichita a few weeks previously. We borrowed a projctor and on closing night showed the films in the dressing room. That night it was The Elgins - in Technicolor."
November, 1954 - In Memory of Jack Greene 1887-1954
"Jack Greene, Harry Lind, and the Al Barnards performing the box formaiton using the every-other method. Performance took place in the center of the Main Street of Jamestown during the 1948 Internatinal Jugglers Association Convention."
"Logan Wait, my "podner in crime" of Magic and Juggling, and I made a flying trip to Wichita, Kansas recently so I got out the list and found that two jugglers held forth up there - Al Barnard, Al Barnard, Jr. (thy call him Buster) and Dick Williams - that's three of them - we're still in a fog - catching up on sleep and things, though. It happened something like htis, as near as I can remember: Buster had a show in a hall directly over our room in the Broadview, so we sneaked up the back way - those were the longest, narrowest stairs we've seen in a long time - and arrived just in time to say hello and get out in front. Buster does some swell ball and club work, comedy tramp style. We specially got a kick out of his match and cigarette routine. After two attempts he finally on the third one succeeds in throwing a lit match around his shoulder and catches it in his mouth alongside the cigarette already there and puffing, lights the cigarette. This feat, Buster tells me, is doubly difficult now due to the cigarette shortage.
"After the show we went over to Al Barnard's house where we had a most enjoyable time until three or four in the morning. In the basement is the beginning of a wonderful Recreation Room. Around the room in neat frames are pictures of interest to all jugglers and showmen. Also stocked around the room - Al promises to have them all stocked away in cabinets but we hope he never gets around to it - are Indian Clubs, Roman axes and other Juggling equipment. While browsing aorund we caught a glimpse of Al demonstrating the old ball and tube routine with a set of Van Wycks aluminum balls.
"Back upstairs again to sit back and enjoy some plain and fancy ball tossing by Buster and talk of Juggling and Jugglers. Buster travels light when he does a show and we were quite intrested in the unusually fine carriyng case he uses. Made of Aircraft plywood with metal reinforcing corners, it maks a beautiful case. Inside partitions separte Indian clubs, balls and cigar boxes ready for use the minute the lid is opened. With the addition of a stand to hold the case this will be a valuable asset for getiting on and off fast and neatly.
"Back home again we took time off to call the Barnards at about eleven o'clock one night getting him out of bed of course - but also extracting a promise for osme interesting material for a future Bulletin."
"Buster Barnard has left for U.S.O. Camp Show tour."
"Unless a California Jug shows up at the convention (Jamestown, N.Y.) at the last minute, Al Barnard 'ole man Barnard' and Buster Barnard will take honors for traveling the greatest distance to attend. In a recent communication the Barnards report that by expert juggling their vacation period jibed with the I.J.A. Conclave dates. You'll see some expert Juggling from these two Wichita boys--And can they talk juggling!"