Juggling the thing of a thing of a thing ... the physical skill of shaking up gravity and moving a couple or more objects through the air with care, in a continual motion as balls roll or bowling pins fly or a chainsaw and lit torches flutter in ways light and weightless clinging to their paths here and there and there and here.
Or as T.S. Eliot put it: "Twit twit twit / Jug jug jug jug jug jug / So rudely forc'd. /Tere"
Yes, today is June 20, 2009, World Juggling Day (or just WJD for those in the know), and jugglers everywhere are tossing or bouncing their balls or rings or cantaloupes into the air, simply because they’ve solved that great mystery …
Here’s a bit of trivia: The earliest known graphic depiction of jugglers was found in the Beni-Hassan tombs situated on the east bank of the river Nile and dated back to around 2000 BC. The drawings show several Egyptians figures standing sideways tossing balls into the air.
Here are some events around the world:
Canterbury - The University of Canterbury Unicycling and Juggling Society (Unisoc) will be holding an event meeting at 2pm in Cathedral Square, Christchurch.
Bucharest - The Juggling Culture community is organizing a juggling Flashmob at Piata Universitatii, at the fountain at 3pm and will juggle for a total of ten minutes. Don’t be late.
Singapore - Jugglers will be gathering at Esplanade Underpass, and will be giving free lessons on how to juggle from about 1pm - 6pm.
Miami - somewhere near the south end of Kennedy Park, by the Coconut Grove Juggling Exchange Banner, people will be gathering with an odd assortment of objects.
Dublin – Emerald Circus Live '09 will host Ireland's official juggling event for WJD and will be included as part of the festivities at the Street Performance World Championships '09, which will take place in Merrion Square.
Santa Cruz - In honor of World Juggling Day, the UCSC juggling club held a day long juggling mini-festival on Thursday, promoting next year's Santa Cruz First Annual Juggling Festival.
Sacramento - Drop in juggling lessons are taking place between 11am - 1pm at the McKinley Library, 601 Alhambra Blvd.