Aerial Insecurity

Why, upon meeting aerialists, and upon each of us saying who we are and what we do, do they so often follow up with “oh, I am such a bad juggler” / “oh, I could never learn to juggle with more than 2 balls”?

Are they so insecure at basing their jobs on “physicality”, or do they feel that I, as a lowly “non-physical” artist, must feel insecure in their presence?

4 thoughts on “Aerial Insecurity”

  1. To admit to being able to juggle, or even to admit to have the potential to juggle, is tantamount to confessing that you suffer from OCD. Clearly, aerialists wouldn’t want anyone to think that they’re anything but narcissists.

  2. Maybe it’s not that different from the general public? People who also, when meeting a juggler, often apologize for their inability to juggle. Maybe juggling seems accessible, like playing an instrument or cooking, that we should all be able to do? (yes, there’s a leap in logic here, for then, why would we find it so impressive?)

  3. well, i think juggling is considered a basic skill for circus artists – just like a handstand. so we aerialists might feel embarassed, if we cannot juggle… and we are in awe, just imagining all that time that you had to put into your skill!!!
    but not being able to juggle doesn’t bother me that much… i myself feel rather embarassed not being able to do a nice handstand… ;-(
    anyway, have you ever tried to juggle after an aerial training???
    and what does it mean “i can juggle”? is it enough that i manage to throw a three-ball-cascade? if yes, yeay, i can juggle!!! and – yes, of course, i’m narcissistic – and not a geek!!!!!

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