Historically, juggling sticks have been enjoyed for many hundreds of years, in fact, there is evidence from Africa earlier than 3000 B.C found in Egyptian tombs of pictures of juggling sticks Juggling historians have suggested that the juggling sticks followed the Silk Road from Cairo to China.
Two brothers named Mooty and Medua Samme from India, travelled and performed what they called "Chinese Stickplay" dating back to 1820 in Prague.
Juggling sticks are also known as Devil Sticks”. Long ago it was believed devil sticks had the power to ward off evil or “devil” spirits.
In the 50's and 60's juggling sticks gained in popularity and enjoyed a new name "Flower Sticks" because their pom poms on the main stick looked like flowers.
Today as in times before, juggling sticks (whatever you call them) are a fun and therapeutic toy which helps improve hand-eye-coordination, increases dexterity and bridges the left-right brain. These connections provide an element of accomplishment as one learns the basics and then cool tricks and feels a sense of accomplishment and confidence.
Years ago (in the 90s) I saw someone in a park juggling with these sticks and I was enchanted! I immediately went to work making my own set using a twirling baton as the centre stick and 2 pieces of dowling as the hand sticks .... and I practiced for hours and hours, mostly dropping the centre stick until it became like a meditation !! My friends became enchanted too and so I made more sets so that they would have their own and we could juggle together.
Music festivals, street shows and drumming circles later, juggling sticks are just plain fun and now available here !