Juggling is a skill that involves timing, coordination, athleticism, and artistic ability. It takes a lot of practice to learn, but many jugglers say that it’s kind of like riding a bike: once you learn how, you’ll never forget.
The most basic juggling involves three small objects, usually balls or bean bags, and keeping two of them in the air at all times. This is called toss juggling, and the most basic juggling trick, or pattern, is called the cascade. Sometimes jugglers refer to the objects they juggle as props. In addition to balls, other fairly simple props include clubs, rings, and small objects such as apples.
More advanced jugglers get into dramatic props like torches or knives, and some have even been known to juggle chainsaws. There is always an element of risk involved, and even the most highly trained jugglers can make a mistake now and then. So using these advanced props is not for the beginner. Like they say on TV sometimes, don’t try this at home. Advanced jugglers also perform in groups sometimes, juggling different objects between themselves.
There are some surprising benefits to juggling. It helps to develop concentration, as well as hand-eye coordination and patience. Serious jugglers need to keep going in spite of any doubts or setbacks, and there is a lot of practice involved.
Roy Pomerantz is a skilled juggler who learned the discipline when he was young. He has gone on to perform in many different settings, including discos, carnivals, camps, schools, hospitals, fundraisers, halftime shows at college football games, and even on the streets of New York.
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