During the Middle Ages, jugglers were not well respected, except for the court jesters. Yet, at this time jugglers did appear in religious paintings and illustrations in bibles. The performers usually did magic, too. They were called "Gleemen" and were sometimes accused of doing witchcraft.
There is a famous medevial legend about "The Juggler of Notre Dame", a poor man who has nothing to offer the church except for his juggling show. After his performance, a statue of the Mary cried tears.