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"Just a note to let you know that our Rotary District conference
REALLY enjoyed your juggling at our conference a few weeks ago. We
heard great comments all weekend long! Everything you did that
evening was enjoyable. Teaching the kids to juggle was
wonderful, and everyone enjoyed the finale of torch juggling."
Denise Barowicz-District Rotary Conference - May 2008
A Few Reasons to Juggle
is fun to learn and fun to teach.
looks impressive, even if you aren’t very good at it.
can help relieve stress.
it is initially easy to learn, juggling is challenging and no matter how good
you get, there is always more to learn.
can help improve reflexes and hand-eye coordination.
makes use of more parts of your brain.
can be used to keep fit (combine it with jogging; call it “joggling”)
is great entertainment at parties.
Come on out to the library juggling program on August 14!
A Little Juggling History
Egyptians were the first known jugglers! Although much has been
said about this, one of the most informative accounts appears in the 1938
February and March issues of Linking Ring magazine. In this magic
publication, the article by Dr. Henry R. Evans, "Jugglers and
Juggling," gives us specific names and locations:"We see
representations of it (jugglery) in wall paintings of the Egyptians, particularly
in those of Beni-Hassan tombs on the east bank of the Nile
near Speos Artemidos."Dr. Evans further informs us that, "an
inscription to Septimus Spika, evidently a popular juggler of ancient Italy,
appears in the Royal museum at Mantua,"
and that, "he is represented keeping seven balls in movement." A
statue in the National Museum
in Athens, Greece,
which was found in the Pyrénées, also attests to the antiquity of juggling. In
Greek history we learn that itinerant minstrels, or bards, had traveled through
Sparta, possibly to take part in
the popular contests in music and diversions displayed there in 675 B.C. To
increase the pleasures of Rome, it
was fashionable to import entertainers from the Orient. No doubt there were
jugglers among them, though they were almost always slaves or not socially
accepted. Hermann Sagemüller writes of an officer in a Roman Legion who
entertained his troops by performing juggling tricks with balls. The name of
the officer is given as Sidonius Apollinaris.