Italian juggler Enrico Rastelli is known for pushing the limits of technical juggling skill. In his day, gentleman jugglers dominated the spotlights, dressing in tuxedos and top hats to juggle canes, bottles, bread and other common items. But Rastelli stuck with balls, sticks, and plates in order to take these props to higher levels of manipulation. (A focus on technical skill over fluffy showmanship eh? Remind you of anyone?)
Here’s a brief video montage of some of Rastelli’s skills:
Read more about Rastelli here.
(Thanks for the info Wikipedia!)