Numbers Rings Madness: 10, 11, and 12 Rings

So recently, Junming Lin posted the following video of him doing a 12 ring flash.

Crazy, right? As you can see, part of the challenge is just launching that many rings to begin with. My biggest stumbling block in trying to learn 7 is that I’m finding it very difficult to cleanly release 4 rings from one hand. As you can see in the video, Junming approaches this by starting with 4 in each hand, then 2 in hip holsters at his sides, and 2 in his mouth. His pattern is synchronous, meaning that he is throwing from both hands at the same time.

Shortly afterwards, Pavel Evsukevich released this video. Pavel is one of my favorite jugglers to watch these days, and also happens to be an incredibly nice guy. I met him and got to spend some time with him at the 2012 IJA Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Pavel is choosing to launch 5 from each hand, with 2 rings in hip holsters to start. But he also demonstrates a 10 ring qualify, 10 rings with a balance, 13 catches of 11 rings, and perhaps most incredibly an 11 ring flash with a ring head balance. You’ll also notice Pavel does all of these asynchronously, meaning his hands throw out of synch with each other. Not necessarily better or worse, but different.

Ryan Mellors: Using Motion to Spice Up Your Act

This video by Ryan Mellors is a great example of how you take what could have been a relatively standard juggling video, and by adding movement and style you turn it into something much more. If you study dance or gymnastics, think about how you could incorporate it into your juggling to make your juggling more interesting. If you don’t, but you enjoy juggling, think about whether dance might give you a whole new perspective on things.

Slight language warning: I noticed at least one inappropriate word in the soundtrack to this video, and I usually try to steer clear of such things when sharing videos with students. In this case I decided not to let that stop me from sharing an otherwise really interesting video. Just be forewarned.

New Props Have Arrived

As you can probably tell from all the other new posts, the newest batch of “for sale to my students” props has arrived from Higgins Brothers. If you are a student of mine and you see something you want, send me an email or tell me in class. All items are first-come-first-served. I may not always lug all this stuff to ever class, so if you let me know via email before class, it greatly increases the odds that I’ll have your prop to you as soon as possible.  If you are not one of my students, these new props will not be available for purchase; my policy on this sort of thing can be read here.

You’ll notice that the clubs in particular, while still way below retail prices, are not as inexpensive as ones I’ve offered in the past. That is more a reflection on the older items; I had managed to get a set of really nice clubs at a ridiculously low price. That is why people snatched those up so quickly, and I’m now only able to offer clubs at a really good price instead of a completely insane price.

 

For Sale: PX3 Floro Clubs (Blue) – $50/set

These PX3 clubs are great for your first set of real clubs, and are nearly indestructible. They have molded handles, meaning they are more like a plastic tube than a thin piece of plastic wrapped around the core. I’m selling them as a matching set of 3. The retail price on these would be $78/set.

This item was purchased at a discounted rate for resale to my students. Please read here for an explanation of my sale terms.
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For Sale: PX3 Pirouette Clubs (Various Colors) – $65/set

The Pirouette is a really good multipiece club. It is exactly the same as the popular PX3 Vegas clubs (like the ones I use), but not decorated. They have wrapped handles, and colored knobs/caps that match the body color.  I’m selling matching sets of 3 in various colors. The retail price on these would be $105 a set.

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

White:

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Yellow:

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Red:

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For Sale: Taibolo Glary Diabolo with Aluminum Handsticks (Various Colors) – $32

The Taibolo Glary diabolo is a very solid non-bearing diabolo. It is not overly soft or hard, and comes in various tranlucent colors. Each diabolo comes with a set of aluminum handsticks. The retail price for this diabolo/handstick pair would be $54.95.

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

Yellow:

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Red:

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For Sale: Higgins Spanky Balls (Various Colors) – $15/set

These are Higgins Brothers Spanky Juggling Balls – 130g, 2.5 inch. Half the panels are vinyl, the other half leatherette. I am selling them in matching sets of 3, in various colors. Note that the blue in particular is a really dark blue. The retail price for these would be $33/set plus shipping.

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

Blue/White (I have two sets):

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For Sale: Higgins Rings (Various Colors) – $10/set

These are Higgins Brothers brand rings. At this point I have one set left, with one yellow ring, one blue ring, and one “red” ring. Note that the “red” isn’t exactly “red”; it is more orange-y. I’d also note that the blue looks darker in the picture than in real life. All the colors are pretty neon-ish. The retail price for a set of 3 would be $16.50 plus shipping.

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

Red:

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Yellow:

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Blue:

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