(art: Stańczyk by Jan Matejko)
Being a true Jester was very hard work. You had to be a one-man entertainment machine.
One had to be able to memorize long-form poetry, tailor jokes to fit the crowd, tactfully tease your patron without committing offense, and zing guests that your patron wasn’t fond of.
You had to play instruments, sing, dance, perform acrobatics, and design and maintain your own motley.
They would learn puppetry, ventriloquism, juggling, balancing, and slight of hand.