Juggling torches are perhaps the most recognized of the fire performance props when used for juggling. Everyone has seen them, perhaps at the circus, the county fair or amusement park. Torches have been for many their very first glimpse of the fire arts as they are a staple of basic circus repertoire. A fire torch is essentially a juggling club with a wick at the end. A great amount of skill is required for torch juggling. Unlike juggling clubs there is no room for error as grabbing the wrong end means grabbing a handful of fire. The fire itself imposes even further technical challenge since fire juggling looks most dramatic in the dark where the length of the club becomes virtually invisible to the eye. This requires an exceptionally thorough muscle memory as visual reference can no longer be relied upon to execute the tricks. While torches and other stick-like objects have been used in juggling for centuries, the modern juggling club was inspired by the Indian club, which was first repurposed for juggling by DeWitt Cook in the 1800s.