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Where to watch (or join) the world’s oldest juggling club

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ou don’t have to go to the circus to see juggling at its best. The MIT Juggling Club—the oldest drop-in juggling club in continuous operation in the world—has had its balls (and rings and clubs) in the air since 1970. And even better than the circus, it’s free to watch or join, open to anyone, and great for beginners. The club has no real affiliation to the university (or any formal business or dues, for that matter). But its members possess enough of a passion for juggling to meet every Sunday, year round. Show up to learn (you can pick up the extra balls, contact spheres or diabolos that will surely be laying around) or just to watch. Moravek

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The MIT Juggling Club was actually founded by a Boston College economics professor, Arthur Lewbel, who has served as a judge for World Juggling Federation competitions and coauthored an article about the science of juggling that is the most translated work about juggling ever written. Just to make things even more confusing, MIT also has its own juggling club called Aero-Disastro, which is also open to everyone.

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