What Can Be Done While Toss Juggling?

For my shows, I have created many routines over the past 39 years that feature me performing various non-juggling related activities while toss juggling. Below are a variety of examples of activities that I and other jugglers have done while toss juggling other than they typical talking and telling jokes. Please keep in mind that for many of these skills, I could have included examples by many different jugglers. Also, I’m excluding things like riding a unicycle, cracking a whip, spinning a lasso, spinning a ball, and balancing that are often done by jugglers while toss juggling. Some of the following have performance possibilities while others are merely for recreational purposes.

Playing the ukulele and singing (David Cain)

Jumping rope (Marco Bonisimo)

Running (Various jugglers)

Swimming (Bob Evans)

Solving a Rubik’s Cube (Que Jianyu)

Playing the piano (Vova and Olga Galchenko)

Water skiing (Various jugglers)

Surfing (Eric Berg)

Snow skiing (Kevin Axtell)

Skateboarding (Dan Menendez)

Playing the harmonica (Macrae)

Playing guitar (Lucas King)

Stripping and dressing (Messoudi Brothers)

Riding a bike (Carey Pickford Jr.)

Play table tennis (Matan Presberg)

Dancing (Lukus Weiss)


Playing DDR

Eating (David Rush)

Beatboxing (Bronkar Lee)

Playing drums (Chip Ritter)

Ice Skating (Trixie)

Flowboarding (Jonathan Root)

Magic (David Cain)

Roller skating (Ruslan Arlanov)

Drawing (Jack Kalvan)

Hang gliding (Jarred McQueen)

Other examples of skills I’ve performed while toss juggling include reading from a randomly selected page of a book, escaping from ungimmicked handcuffs (while juggling two balls and the key), playing the recorder, and escaping from a rope tied around my wrist by a volunteer. If you have other examples, especially those with video, please send them my way.

David Cain is a professional juggler, juggling historian, and the owner of the world's only juggling museum, the Museum of Juggling History. He is a Guinness world record holder and 16 time IJA gold medalist. In addition to his juggling pursuits, David is a successful composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and singer as well as the author of twenty-six books. He and his children live in Middletown, OH (USA).

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