can refer to all forms of artful or skillful object manipulation. This
includes most prop-based circus skills such as diabolo, devil sticks,
cigar box manipulation, fire-dancing, contact juggling, and hat manipulation.
The most recognisable form of juggling is toss juggling. For more in-depth
information on a given form of juggling, juggling history or a specific
juggling prop, follow the link to the related article.
Jugglers refer to the objects they juggle as props, the most popular being
specially made balls, beanbags, rings, clubs, or bouncing balls. Some
performers also use "dangerous" objects such as chainsaws, knives
and fire torches.
The word "juggling" derives from the Middle English "jogelen",
to entertain by performing tricks, in turn from the French "jongleur",
the Old French "jogler", the Latin "ioculari", to
jest, and "iocus", a joke..