Juggling is animated in several different ways. Some are real juggling, some are juggling that is easy for the viewer to follow (or animator to animate), and some are physically impossible. There's nothing wrong with using any of these, but people who can juggle will look and wonder how anyone would actually achieve the feat. Note: In the trope description, we use the term "prop" for any generic item the juggler is juggling.
- Cascade: This is normal juggling as it is taught to the beginner, with each hand tossing the prop to the other, each throw alternately crossing in front of the chest of the juggler.
- Shower: This is when one hand tosses the props over to the other hand, which hands the prop back to to throwing hand. (The props all come down to one side in a shower, get it?) Also called "circle juggling".
- Arc: Common in still artwork of jugglers, this is when the juggler has his hands outspread with the props forming an arc between them. Arc does not use motion lines, leaving to some the impression of all the items suspended over the juggler's head.
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Anime and Manga
- Kaleido Star:
- One of the Eye Catches for season 1 shows a Super-Deformed Sora doing a shower juggle for a while, before she loses control of the balls, dropping one of them on her head.
- Averted for a brief scene in season 2, where Rosetta teaches some children a different form of juggling, where they bounce balls off of the ground and catch them on their way back up.
- In clip art, juggling is often portrayed in arc style, with various objects representing tasks to be done above the character.
- Subverted in one of FoxTrot's Sunday strips. Jason goes around the house telling everyone "Look, I'm juggling steak knives!" with the aforementioned objects drawn above his hands in the arc style. None of the others are even remotely impressed because the knives are, in fact, taped to plexiglass.
- Also subverted in a Calvin and Hobbes strip:
Films — Animation
- In The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, during the bubbles scene in the bathroom, Patrick is seen shower juggling bubbles.
- Hurricane features a Juggler clown on the playfield demonstrating the "Shower" style, with objects suspended in an arc between his hands.
- In Super Mario RPG, Knife Guy's idle animation is endless juggling, cascade-style.
- In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Diddy Kong's idle animation is him doing a cascade with four balls.
- In Ultima VI, the jugglers (including Blaine, who can join your party), do a cascade.
- In Sonic Unleashed, Sonic does the shower with one hand and two objects.
- At the end of the first game, if you didn't collect all the Emeralds, Dr. Eggman does an arc with the remaining ones.
- The Juggler trainer class sprite in Pokémon does an arc with four pokeballs.
- In Psychonauts, Raz's mental image of his father juggles flaming, spiked pins cascade-style.
- In Lost Smile And Strange Circus, Jack's normal sprite is doing the arc juggling with five multicolored bowling pins.
- In Sinfest, Pooch does the arc much to Percy's displeasure.
- In this Karate Bears clip, he is arc juggling all his responsibilities.
- Rosemary does the arc at one point in The Mansion of E.
- Cueball from xkcd tries to learn to juggle using the arc method in this strip. It doesn't quite work the way he expected.
- In Girl Genius the unnamed circus juggler is displayed with an arc seen in near profile of items he's juggling while Agatha and the rest are discussing an upcoming play. He is juggling two balls, a fish, a wine bottle, a box and a pineapple.
- In the circus episode of Inspector Gadget, Penny is seen doing a cascade with apples.
- This Sesame Street clip uses shower juggling.
- Skee-bo is shown juggling in the opening to JoJo's Circus.
- In one of his cartoons, The Great Grape Ape juggles cars in the arc style, but it makes him dizzy.
- The modern MPL Vanity Plate uses a juggler. In animated form, we see a cascade of three, with the end position and still an arc.
- In Ed, Edd n Eddy, Eddy juggles a variety of items that Ed throws at him, from chairs to Double D, in order to entertain Sarah while babysitting. It goes fairly well until Ed throws him a cactus.
- American Dad!: "He's trying to get laid by juggling plastic fruit."
- Shaggy does this in the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "A Tiki Scare Is No Fair", as he and Scooby baffle Mano Tiki Tia.
- Count Duckula makes Danger Mouse do this in "The Return of Count Duckula" as part of a curse. DM finds the antidote in rotten cabbage from purposely crashing into garbage tins.
- An episode of Sofia the First had a court jester juggle in the shower method.
- The Loud House: A flashback from "Hand-Me-Downer" shows a younger Luan juggling apple and bolwing pins in an arc while riding a unicycle. She takes bites out of the apples before accidentally biting into a pin, causing her to lose her front teeth.
- In Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh, the Lords n Lasers Juggler class appears to very loosely use the shower style but also seems to involve psychic manipulation on top of that; once Tip's juggling skill reaches maximum level, she is able to make the balls orbit her with minimal movement on her part.
- Western Animation/Ducktales(1987) has an episode called "Jungle Duck" where Mrs. Beakley teaches Huey, Dewey, and Louie how to juggle (depicted as shower juggling).
Mrs. Beakley: Start off with one, that's easy to do. Add one more and now you've got two. Two plus one as hard as it can be, but oh so quick, I'm juggling three.