Ball Juggler

BALL JUGGLERLively music-a march; or perhaps an Indian pipe and tomtom. The juggler bows, tests his balls by weighing them in the balance of his hands, and proceeds to toss them up and catch them with rare precision. As he performs, his eye is always on the balls. When they pass from hand to hand at his waist, his head is lowered intently. When they flash into the air his chin goes up, his head goes back. His concentration is tight, his wrists are loose and supple; in the combination is the charm of his performance.

This marionette is con trolled by three sticks. To the first are attached the head- I and back-strings. To the second are strung the hand-strings, passing through holes in wooden balls. When the ends of this stick are raised alternately, with sharp little jerks, the figur~ seems to juggle the balls.
If worked at right angles to the other I sticks, it will make the balls appear to be tossed from hand to hand.

From one end of the third stick a string passes down through a ball and fastens to the top of the marionette's head; from the other end a string passes through the other ball to its toe. If the stick with the handstrings is lowered, and this one is brought I into play, the balls will land on the head or toe.

A reclining marionette with strings going up from its toes through a large ball to a stick may juggle the ball with its feet in I the manner of a Japanese performer.

Plates, clubs, bouquets or other tossable objects may be substituted for the balls, but none are quite so good.