The Spirit of Juggling

In an article published by a major newspaper, Roy Pomerantz once said that juggling requires “enormous athleticism, artistic ability and perseverance.” Below is an expansion of the descriptions of those qualities and how they relate to juggling.


Athleticism is best determined by the body’s physiology and its ability to perform well in sports. Juggling requires enormous amounts of athleticism because it requires constant movement by multiple muscle groups. With the audience comes the added pressure of performing in front of a crowd. Competitive athletes can relate to these pressures.

Artistic Ability

Simply juggling the same amount of items over and over again can get monotonous for an audience. Jugglers need to implement their artistic abilities in order to spice things up. Sometimes, this is accomplished through the way that juggler dresses or presents him or herself. In other cases, it shows in the creativity of their juggling moves, and their ability to manipulate a variety of different objects to keep the crowd stimulated.


Juggling can be a fun thing for anyone to try when goofing off but when it comes to being a professional, enormous perseverance is required. Serious jugglers must continue to juggle throughout all of the doubt and failures, and practice hours each day while not getting frustrated by slow progress.

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Author: roypomerantz

Roy Pomerantz juggles to entertain others and as a form of meditation. He believes that juggling spreads joy to others just like it has made him happy throughout his life. He juggles for both business and pleasure, while also performing for charities.