MOSCOW, JANUARY 15. ARMINFO. One of the most renowned jugglers of the Soviet times Harutyun Hakopyan, 86, died in Moscow Friday.
In the early 60s Hakopyan began overshadowing all the other conjurers using mostly sophisticated accessories rather than their own deft hands. By the end of his career he was reputed as almost the only worthy manipulator in the world for the Soviet audience.
“To try to perceive whatever when looking at Hakopyan’s hands is like to try to perceive Tchaikovky’s music when looking at Van Cliburn’s hands. The only feeling you have is that you are a total ignoramus and all you know is not worth a penny,” says Hakopyan’s colleague Alexander Vasilevsky.
Hakopyan started as illusionist in circus but he got bored to use machines. “I wanted to take them off the scene and to give my art some more nobility. Gradually I learned to use my own hands only,” says Hakopyan in his book “Variety Tricks.” Published in 1961 this book is one of the few available guides to juggling secrets. Later many resented Hakopyan for exposing his magic.
There were over 1,000 tricks in Hakopyan’s arsenal. Hundreds of them are used by other jugglers today among them his son Hamayak Hakopyan.