Wes Peden Show Extracts

Wes is one of the most popular jugglers performing today, and this video will give you an idea why. Aside from being an outstanding technical juggler, his acts are full of so much creativity. I’ve watched him perform with non-jugglers, and had them ask me, “What is that he just did?”, and the answer is usually, “I have no idea. Nobody really does. That doesn’t have a name; that’s just Wes doing his thing.” Watch how he makes use of the entire stage, incorporates body movement, has a wide variety of throws and catches, moves between props, mixes props, etc. etc. I think this was filmed at the 2012 St. Louis festival, where I first saw him perform live.

2013 Berkeley Juggling Festival, 10/4 – 10/6

I’m seeing the first notes that the Berkeley Juggling Festival will be happening again this year, which is great news. I went last year and they had a lot of people, in a great space at Berkeley High. If you are in the Bay Area and want to get your feet wet checking out your first juggling festival, this is a great opportunity to do so.

My recollection is there was no registration fee for the gym, but they took donations. Their public show had a very reasonable ticket fee; something around $15. They also have a strong unicycling presence at this festival, if you are into that sort of thing. See you there?

UPDATE: This festival has been rebranded as the Bay Area Circus Arts Festival. The dates were right, but the name and location were wrong. You can now see more info here.

 

2013 Portland Juggling Festival, 9/27 – 9/29

It is almost time again for one of my favorite juggling festivals. The Portland fest takes place on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. I’ve been for the last three years, and I’ll be attending again this year. If you are looking for a fantastic festival that is relatively close to the Bay Area, this is a fine choice.

I have only ever gone by flying into Portland. That gets you within 15 or 20 minutes of Reed; easy. Registration is usually somewhere around $30 or so for the weekend, with an additional cost for the (usually excellent) public show. In recent years they’ve definitely been pulling hundreds of attendees; I haven’t seen actual numbers from them, but I bet they’ve had at least 300 attendees in a year. If you decide to go, let me know!

 

Kyle Driggs: 2013 IJA Individuals Champion

I was backstage for the 2013 championships, and this routine completely floored me. I was familiar with a few of the incredible acts that were competing, and I wasn’t familiar with Kyle going into the competition. I sure am now. This routine emphasized a point I’d been realizing for some time: circus school really matters. I know many jugglers who have not attended circus school, and some who have. While I know great jugglers of both kinds, those that did generally put together much better routines, whether or not the juggling itself is better. The choreography, the mood, the theme… just beautiful.

Patrik Elmnert’s Live Act

When I want to show a non-juggler what juggling can be, and that it isn’t just a clown standing there doing 3 balls, this is currently my go-to video. It is a fantastic combination of juggling, movement, and dance. He uses the whole stage, keeps things moving, uses the tempo of the music, etc. etc. And on top of it, the juggling is outrageously good. He does several tricks that would be amazing if he managed to do them once. But the fact that he reliably does them on stage is unbelievable. I was lucky enough to see Patrik live in St. Louis in… 2011? He was great then, and has improved by leaps and bounds since.

For Sale: Higgins Brothers Decorate Spirit Clubs (Yellow) – $5 each

image-1I purchased a large order of these clubs in yellow and blue. I believe they were intended to be a special order or something, because the decorations are unlike anything Higgins sells on their website. I was going to use them for teaching, but I’ve now added a large number of higher quality clubs to my teaching supplies, so I’m able to sell off some of these. They are a one piece club; fine for learning, but not optimal if you plan to juggle clubs extensively. The blue clubs mostly look fine. Some of the yellow clubs have blue “stains” from being in contact with the blue ones.

This item was purchased at a discounted rate for resale to my students. Please read here for an explanation of my sale terms.

For Sale: Higgins Brothers Decorated Spirit Clubs (Blue) – $5 each

image-12I purchased a large order of these clubs in yellow and blue. I believe they were intended to be a special order or something, because the decorations are unlike anything Higgins sells on their website. I was going to use them for teaching, but I’ve now added a large number of higher quality clubs to my teaching supplies, so I’m able to sell off some of these. They are a one piece club; fine for learning, but not optimal if you plan to juggle clubs extensively. The blue clubs mostly look fine. Some of the yellow clubs have blue “stains” from being in contact with the blue ones.

This item was purchased at a discounted rate for resale to my students. Please read here for an explanation of my sale terms.