Juggling with fire at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Unlike the usual juggling act on Purdue’s campus — balancing classes, jobs, and social lives, Thursday evening West Lafayette featured a different kind of juggling, with fire.

Professionals visiting the area for the International Jugglers Association’s annual festival showed off their skills Thursday evening near the Purdue Engineering Fountain.

They used a variety of props, from torches to hoops. Ian Loughlin came to the weeklong festival for the first time from Miami. He says being around other seasoned performers gives him fuel to follow his passion

“I think that fire was like the first television. Cavemen would watch fire,” said Loughlin. “And now there’s always something that captures people with fire. There’s something like we’re moths attracted to the flames. We can’t resist it.”

The juggling festival continues Friday. Events include a free public performance at Riehle Plaza on Friday evening, followed by a jugglers parade across the pedestrian bridge.

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