We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Contact Juggling?

Tricia Christensen
By
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
Sports n' Hobbies is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Sports n' Hobbies, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

In the Jim Henson film Labyrinth, released in 1986, the Goblin King, played by David Bowie is shown to juggle crystal balls, rolling them over his hands in amazing and adept ways. Bowie did not actually do this juggling, called contact juggling. The genius behind this feat of coordination was a juggler named Michael Moschen, who has emerged as one of the greatest practitioners of contact juggling.

In contact juggling, instead of throwing and catching balls or other objects, the primary juggling occurs by rolling the balls over the hands, or the upper body. Balls can be rolled over the face, the shoulders, neck or arms. One of Moschen’s most amazing tricks is his ability to suspend a ball from his index finger, which appears to defy the laws of gravity.

Contact juggling gained particular notice after Labyrinth was released. Virtually every prime time news show at the time did a piece on Moschen’s amazing abilities, which differed so much from more recognized forms of juggling. Though Moschen is often credited with the invention of contact juggling, this form of ball rolling, particularly on the back of the hands, dates back to Chinese acrobats who performed the art form at least 200 years ago.

Another form of contact juggling, which most people immediately recognize, is the work performed by the Harlem Globetrotters. Spinning balls on the tips of fingers is another aspect of contact juggling that has delighted audiences for years. The Harlem Globetrotters also employ ball rolling across the arms, and over the neck and shoulders.

Michael Moschen does not frequently employ contact juggling now, but his other routines are astounding feats of precision, as well as being visually arresting. Tyas Frantz is very popular in the contact juggling world, and regularly performs in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Moschen’s work inspired many to learn the art of contact juggling, and there are now videos, books and seminars that can help those wishing to learn. It does require extraordinary coordination, and seems to be more easily learned by children than adults.

Sports n' Hobbies is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen , Writer
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a Sports n' Hobbies contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.

Discussion Comments

Tricia Christensen

Tricia Christensen

Writer

With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a Sports n' Hobbies contributor, Tricia...
Learn more
Sports n' Hobbies, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Sports n' Hobbies, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.