THE HISTORY OF JUGGLING
Juggling means stunting with different tools. People found their happines in this already in the ancient times. They did juggling for their own entertainment and also to amuse others. The first records of this were found in Egypt, China and New-Zeland.
I will take you through a historical tour regarding the tools. (equipment/instrumenth)
The first example of the devilstick was found in Egypt 5000 years ago in an egyptian tomb. The name devilstick origin ate from the greek word „diaballo” (throw), which with time got connected to the word devil. The fossilized devilstick, that was found in an egyptian tomb way made out of citron with a ball on the end. The decorations made on the side of the tomb contained women playing with this tool. The devilstick was of course also known in China. The longer version of the stick can be found in several chinese ancient dancestyles and even soldiers amused themselves with this stick before important missions, to relax and recharge. The origin of the tassel at the end of the stick is also from China. It was first the North-American indians who decorated the tassel of the stick with colorful leather and it was propably them who firstly put the end of the stick on fire. They didn’t use it as a toy, but rather as a supplement for their magical rituals. They brought it to Europe approximately 200 years ago. We are leading the flower stick with two control sticks during the game while we receive help from the centrifugal force, the gripping of the sticks and the weight at the end of the stick. We balance, throw it up, catch it, twist it or even kick it. The game develops the coordination of our handmovements, improves our sence of rhytm and balance. It has in overall also a beneficial effect on our reflexes and koncentration.
THE LEVI STICK, MAGIC WANDS
This was used before the turkish battles in the middle age to decept and intimidate the enemy, who got feared fromthe magical power and fled from the battlefield. Nower days magicians are using this. A stick dangling on a fishing line, which is standing vertical in a steady state, which gives the audience the feeling that it is levitating. The levi stick can be easily learned and is at the same time very attractive and entertaining. It also develops the fine motoric mover muscles of the hand.
POI – METEOR
The Poi was firstly used in the ancient times by the maori indian girls in New Zeland for their ritual dancing and singing show. Their rythm and manual dexterity developed rapidly and even their hands grew stronger. Basically there was a soft weight out of fiber placed in an armlengthed rope, that they twisted and whirled connected with a dancing choreography. This type of movement is also recognized in martial arts. If we look at it out of physical context, it works as per the principle of the centrifugal force. While whirling, the weights are tensioning the rope, it is like we would lentghen our arms. The secret of this game is to spin our hands in the same direction, but in defferent rythm so that we vary the direction of the rotation, while the pois are not hooked into eachother.