Juggling


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Juggling

 

a circus art; the ability to toss up and catch several objects (no less than three) in a certain rhythm.

Juggling was practiced in China, Japan, and ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. During the Middle Ages, juggling acts were performed by wandering actors.

In the modern circus juggling is often tied in with acrobatics, tightrope walking, animal training, and clowning. Variations of juggling are performed on the ground (in the pit), on horseback, on ladders, or on the wire. Juggling with great weights is known as force juggling. Jugglers act solo, in twos, and in groups. Many juggling acts are dramatized. E. Rastelli, the great 20th-century juggler who performed in the Rus-sian circus, created complicated tricks and had a great influence on the development of the juggling style. Performers who have been especially successful in the modern Soviet circus include A. N. and V. N. Kiss, the Aberts, G. T. Petrovskii, N. A. Shirai, K. M. Nikol’skii, and the equestrian juggler N. L. Ol’khovnikov.

References in classic literature ?
When our juggling friend here threw up the three glasses in turn, he counted them aloud as he caught them, and also commented aloud when he failed to catch them.
In those few moments the soldier blood in him called for the turmoil of war, the panorama of life and death, the fierce, hot excitement of juggling with fate while the heavens themselves seemed raining death on every side.
He looked up from his task and saw Joe standing before him juggling flat-irons, starched shirts, and manuscripts.
After the people had all congregated about the platform and the royal party and the visitors were seated in the grandstand, the Wizard skillfully performed some feats of juggling glass balls and lighted candles.
The unexpected had swept its wizardry over the face of things, changing the perspective, juggling values, and shuffling the real and the unreal into perplexing confusion.
In the juggling of events such a war would cause, in the reshuffling of the international cards and the making of new treaties and alliances, the Oligarchy had much to gain.
He was totally unable to organize anything, to promote any sort of enterprise if it were only for the purpose of juggling with the shares.
He was a little, thin, sawed-off, sword-swallowing and juggling Frenchman.
So far, it seemed to me to be juggling, accompanied by a foolish waste of ink.
Besides juggling financial and operational assignments, most CFOs are forced to split their time between serving an increasing array of internal and external customers.
And Baban describes how the end to the Ceausecu regime in Romania meant the collapse of horrifyingly repressive pro-natalist policies, but left women juggling other impossible alternatives as they faced the demands of a male-defined competitive economy and expectations that at home they would remain subordinate to a patriarchal order.
May suspects that juggling could change how brain cells are made or connected.