Cigar box manipulation began as a Vaudeville act in the USA back in the 1880’s. Cigar boxes are juggled by holding a box in each hand and throwing/tossing the third box between them. Of course back then, performers would have used actual cigar boxes that had been emptied and nailed shut. Today, they are purpose built from hollow plastic with padded ends for extra grip.
Shaker Cup manipulation (also known as nesting cups) probably developed around the same time as the Cigar Box when restaurant themed performances were popular on the Vaudeville circuit. They are juggled when a stack of two or more shaker cups are tossed in the air, allowed to spin in the air and then are caught back in the stack.
DID YOU KNOW?
The world record for the most cigar boxes balanced is 211 boxes for 9 seconds and in 1994 Kristian Kristof broke the World Record by releasing all three boxes and catching them after a quadruple pirouette.