Juggling is a largely mathematical exercise. The height, trajectory or arc of a throw, and the speed at which a ball will fall, can all be described using physics. (Not by me, but I’m sure a physicist wouldn’t have any trouble doing it!) Siteswap, a juggling notation, also describes juggling patterns in a very mathematical way, with the average of the sequence equalling the number of balls juggled in the pattern.
Over the years various jugglers have taken this mathematical aspect of juggling and extended it to include geometry with, most famously perhaps, Michael Moschen’s Juggling Triangle.
Michael Moschen’s Triangle
Moschen’s Triangle, first seen in the 1970s, is one of the most elegant juggling shapes and has been emulated ever since.
My friend Stewart is one of the most unique jugglers I know, combining the rhythm and style of tap dancing with the skill and dexterity of juggling. Here he is with his Juggling On Tap Orchestra trying to get out of CBBC’s The Slammer.
Do you know any other juggling orchestras or tap dancers? Let me know in the comments below.