Plate-Spinning: A Vaudeville Essential by Victoria Esposito

Dating back to the Han dynasty, plate spinning has been a staple act within variety shows that have spanned across the nation. From Jiaodi in China to Vaudeville in America, the art form has inspired many to pick up some plates and start their own touring companies. Plate spinning is a circus art where a person spins plates, bowls and other flat objects. Despite sometimes being faked for applause; many troupes have utilized plate spinning as a way to heighten a variety act accompanied with other acrobatic skills.