A skill toy of Asian origin, the meteor consists of a rope, usually between 5 and 8 feet long, with weights attached to either end. Tricks are performed by swinging, wrapping and throwing the meteor about the body.
The meteor originated in China in prehistoric times. It began as a bolo-like weapon made from stones and rope. Approximately 1500 years ago this hunting weapon began its transition into a performing art. The Chinese circus tradition has featured meteors which substitute for the stones such objects as brightly colored balls, glass bowls filled with colored water, and pans of roaring fire.