Many jugglers opt to juggle dangerous objects to impress their audience. Examples are hatchets, fire and chain saws. Many juggling purists take offense to this sensationalistic approach to their art form.
Are dancers, musicians, painters and mimes asked to risk their physical well-being in order to entertain their audience? For many in the juggling community, the beauty and skill of manipulating standard objects should be more than sufficient to entertain. For those who want to step down the slippery path of juggling sharp objects keep the following in mind:
- Difficulty. Juggling hatchets is no more difficult than juggling clubs. As most club jugglers know, the risk with catching a club on the wrong end is very small. In the event a club or hatchet is thrown incorrectly, jugglers should be able to detect the mistake immediately and just let the prop fall on the floor. Since the risk of cutting oneself is very small, most hatchets or knives are, in fact, truly sharp. When Roy Pomerantz is done with his hatchet routine, he likes to throw an apple up and slice it mid-air with the hatchet.
- Props. You can go online and research jugging prop makers who sell hatchets. Roy Pomerantz’s hatchets are purchased from Brian Dube. Renegade also sells hatchets and knives.
- Practice. You must be a very, very proficient club juggler BEFORE trying hatchets. You do not want to learn with this prop. You need to be very skilled before you try it.