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Advent XIII

Behind window 13: Juggling

The Juggler, Michael parkes, 1981, oil on wood

The Juggler, Michael Parkes, 1981, oil on wood

I have never got much beyond the classic 3 ball cascade myself, but I find the disengaged concentration of keeping balls rhythmically moving through the air most relaxing/meditative/Zen.

Some things I find it fascinating about juggling:

  • It has such a long history [depicted in Pharaoh’s tombs].
  • Almost any object [or mixture of] can be juggled.
  • The beauty of juggling pattern notation.
  • Some ‘high number object’ patterns were only recently proved possible.
  • It is amazing the complexity to be had with only 3 balls.
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