How Plate Spinning Works

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Author's Note: How Plate Spinning Works

As a kid, I used to think that it would be fun to learn juggling. I'd toss tennis balls into the air with the intention of flinging them around expertly like the jugglers I saw on TV. The end result was a bunch of balls bouncing down the driveway and me sprawled out on the lawn trying to catch my breath. Skillful juggling (or plate spinning) of any kind takes endless hours of practice that I was never willing to invest. But the people who do put in the time can perform truly fantastic feats.

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