Sometimes when I meet jugglers who are extremely knowledgable in one area of juggling, I am surprised by how little they know about another area. For an example, meeting someone who knows a lot about notation, but yet almost nothing about juggling history. Another example would be someone who is very familiar with all the established jugglers in the US, but hardly know anything about Europeans and the development here. It seems as if there is no established basic knowledge about juggling, the kind of information everyone (should) know(s).
You will not find a painter who never heard of Picasso, or a experienced pianist who never heard of Bach, or can’t read notes, or heard of notes. Yet, the equivalent in juggling is rather the norm, than the exception. It made me ask the question, what are the areas of juggling knowledge or juggling expertise? Perhaps we could establish something eventually?
Here are my first thoughts:
- Methods of research
Perhaps some should be merged, or there are others that should be added.
Short introduction to each:
How juggling evolved through time and what individuals, events, accomplishments and creations shaped that development
How do you learn, practice and execute juggling successfully?
What are the scientific aspects of juggling, such as how thrown objects are affected by gravity ? how does balance work? etc
How can juggling be notated in writing or images? Site Swap etc
How does research in juggling work? what tools and methods are available?
Are there health benefits (or dangers) from juggling, and how can they be proven? what evidence is there for juggling’s effect on the body and mind?