Juggling is an art that requires dexterity and agility that dates to
the most ancient of times. The words juggling and juggler derive from the Middle
English jogelen ("to entertain by performing tricks"), which in turn is from the
Old French jangler. Juggling is a physical skill involving the manipulation of
one or many objects (such as balls, clubs, or rings) at the same time, most often
using one or two hands but also possible with feet, and may be practiced
individually or in a group, and in the air or on the ground. The object is always
to keep the items in motion, with the juggler re-launching each as it falls.
Juggling is frequently practiced in combination with other circus disciplines
(such as the unicycle) and comes in several flavors from basic balancing to high
contact manipulation. Either way, juggling is quite the audience pleaser.
There is total silence when Daniel Le Bateleur makes his entrance. A single
gesture and expectancy once again gives way to astonishment. The juggler plays
as much with the rhythms as he does with the objects he sets in motion with
amazing deftness and speed. Balls fly faster and faster until they're just a
blur. A dizzying sight! Daniel's performance is more than just a feat of
dexterity. It's also a feat of imagination in which time and space become one.