Juggling is an ancient entertainment art. Technically, it means any form of object manipulation. These objects are most commonly balls, beanbags, rings, clubs, bouncing balls, cigar boxes, diabolos, plates and devil sticks. The more dangerous performances use knives and flaming torches. But strictly speaking, juggling in its purest sense is mcm online manipulating objects greater in number than the hands applied to do it. As such, tossing two balls using two hands is not really doing it at all.
A new school of the art which is completely the opposite of the conventional object tossing, catching and tossing again emerged in the 1980’s. This is known as contact juggling. It was mcm shop popularized by Michael Moschen, a juggler who grew up in Massachusetts. This technique is characterized by manipulating objects (usually a sphere, an arcylic ball) in a manner that it moves without being detached (or permanently in contact) with the body. Typically, contact juggling is rolling one or more transparent balls in the juggler’s hands and arms to create a visual illusion that the ball fixed or suspended up in the air.
To minimize errors, the right kind of equipment or ‘props’ should be used by a juggler performing more difficult acts. The kind of balls to be used must fit the act performed. For instance, tossing acts must ideally use bouncing balls or ‘beanbags’ instead of an acrylic ball because it would be too costly if acrylic balls are dropped. Lighted balls are mcm backpack small used when performing in a dimly lit stage to create a sensational attraction. Sometimes, the weight of a ball is also a factor contributing to a perfect performance. Beanbags, small and flexible cloth bags filled with seeds, are often used by beginners instead of balls because these do not roll away when dropped. These are sometimes filled with plastic chips.
Juggling equipment are special crafts. For balls made for contact juggling, a special consideration is given to its weight and appearance. Since the act would not allow the object to be detached from the body of the performer, the balls weight is needed to balance the ball and keep it suspended as it spins in the juggler’s hands, arms or any part of the body. The transparent appearance of the acrylic ball is also important to maintain an optical illusion in performing techniques known as ‘Isolationism’.
Rings and clubs are more sophisticated than balls and bean bags. Diabolos, devil’s sticks and spinning plates are made for the more experienced jugglers. The kind of knives and flame torches used by circus jugglers are special types, so don’t try using your kitchen knives or just any torch because these are not designed for it.
The Harlem Globetrotters adopted Moschen’s techniques in their style of entertaining their audience. By spin-rolling the basketball in their body and combining it with fancy dribbling that defy the conventional rules of basketball, the Harlem Globetrotters rose to world fame as the most crazy basketball team we ever had. No other group became as famous as they were.
Vijayashri is a writer for a magic trick store. Tricksforsale is an online store that caters to amateur magicians, professionals and also sells board games, strategy games and how to do magic tricks DVDs.