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Chinese Vase Juggling

Chinese Vase Juggling

One vase, two vases, three vases, more? Strength and agility in an ancient art form.

Guest artist Guiming Meng performs one of the most astounding acts of the season as he effortlessly balances, juggles and slides heavy Chinese vases up and down his body. Chinese vase juggling is an ancient acrobatic trick. Guiming learned the skill when he was growing up in Shanghai from his father, who was also a famous vase juggler. Guiming furthered his study of the art with the famous Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. "Guiming found a way to bring great skill and great humor to the act. He has great nonverbal rapport with the audience," says Guest Director Steve Smith.

This season, Guiming begins his act with several small vases, balancing and tumbling them along his body, and poising them on his head. Next, he begins using larger and larger vases, until he's graduated to a huge 50-pound vase. This, he effortlessly tosses into the air, catches on its edge and balances on his head. "He's very graceful and disciplined," Big Apple Founder Paul Binder says.

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Chinese Vase Juggling

Watch Guiming perform his Chinese vase juggling act.