My current class has purchased many of the props I had to sell to students. So it is likely that I’ll be placing another wholesale order soon to replenish that supply. If you are a student and you have your eye on some particular prop, make sure to let me know so I can try to get it into any order I place.
In class yesterday, someone also asked where Kyle and I get so many cool juggling shirts. As I warned, we get most of them at juggling festivals, so the best way is to attend a few! But if you are looking to buy juggling shirts over the web, here are some vendors:
Juggling Fashion – Run by my friend Ross Berenson, he makes lots of cool shirts. His club juggler shirt is probably the most popular juggling shirt around; if you keep an eye out, you’ll see lots of people wearing it in their juggling videos.
Brian Dube’ – The good folks at Dube’ sell a variety of shirts.
Cafe Press – They sell lots of shirts in general, and have a surprisingly big selection of juggling-related shirts.
The shirt I was wearing this past Friday, which is probably my favorite juggling shirt actually, was the festival shirt from Turbo Fest in 2011. Turbo Fest, held at the Quebec Circus School each year, is an incredible fest. They are always selling leftover shirts from past years; in fact, the shirt I was wearing was the fest shirt from… 2010 I think?, but I bought it when I was there in 2011 because I liked it more than the 2011 shirt. Alas, I can’t find any way to buy those shirts on the web.
Today in class, someone asked me if it was possible to juggle using both your hands and feet. In general these days, when the question is, “Is it possible to juggle like ?”, the answer is usually yes. In this case, it definitely is, and I mentioned two jugglers I’ve seen personally who are incredible in this area. The two I mentioned were:
And Jorden Moir
(That second video behaved sort of strangely for me; hopefully it works better for you)
My juggling friends know that for the most part I’m not a huge diabolo guy. But I like to think I can appreciate when I see someone doing amazing diabolo work. It wasn’t that long ago I first saw someone doing multiple diabolos in vertax (where the axis of the diabolo is vertical rather than horizontal). Now, here we have Alexis Levillon taking this a step further: doing multiple diabolos while one is in vertax and another isn’t. I would have thought physics would have had something to say about that. Apparently not. Good stuff.
This past Friday was our first class of the 2013 school year at The Nueva School. Welcome to our new jugglers, and welcome back to our returning students! I think our first class went great; our newcomers are learning fast, and people who could previously juggle jumped right back into the swing of things. I had told our new jugglers that I would post some ideas on making juggling balls. If you don’t currently have anything to practice with, try any of these:
Take 3 tennis balls. Use a utility knife or something similar (carefully!) to slice a hole in each one. Fill them part way with rice, sand, or pennies. Try to keep all 3 balls about the same weight. Glue up the hole you cut, or stretch balloons over the entire ball. The latter looks and feels better, but is kind of a pain to do.
Take 3 sandwich bags. Fill each one part way with rice or sand. Tie them shut. Stretch a few balloons around them to give them a bit more uniform shape and better grip.
If you happen to have Play Pit balls (those hollow plastic balls in the play pit at McDonalds or whatever), you can make russian juggling balls out of them. My current technique is to use a power drill to drill a small hole in each one. Then squish the ball in upon itself at the point of the hole. You’ll end up kinda making a funnel into the ball out of the ball itself. Dump sand or salt into the little “well” you made in the ball until the ball is about 1/4 to 1/3 full. The smaller the hole, the slower this part goes, but the less likely the ball will end up leaking. Once the ball is sufficiently full, squish/knead around the edges of the “well” until the ball is round again. Then seal up the hole. Putting electrical tape over the hole is quick and easy, but may not look that great. Using something like hot melt glue can be pretty inconspicuous, but is more of a pain and can leak if you don’t get it right.
I do have some sets of juggling balls “in stock” to sell to students. I occasionally buy them at wholesale pricing, and pass on the savings to students. You can see what I have for sale by browsing the Props listings here on this site, and if you see something you want, drop me an email and I’ll bring them to the next class.
And remember – when you are first learning, practice by walking up to a bed so you are juggling over the bed. When you drop, you won’t have to bend over as far to pick up. I actually don’t recommend learning while sitting/kneeling, because it tends to encourage holding your hands too high.
I’m not a huge diabolo kind of guy, but I got to see Eric from Cie Ea Eo do this routine live at the IJA Festival in 2012, and it was awesome. While the diabolo is great, what really makes it is his physical comedy. Think about how much of the time is actually spent doing diabolo tricks…
7 clubs is the usual “top of Mount Everest” for club numbers juggling. By now quite a few people can do it, and the very best can do it for minutes. A handful of jugglers have dabbled with 8, and have claimed to at least have flashed it. Anthony Gatto has qualified 8; you can see it in this video:
This summer, I heard from friends at Juggle This! in NYC that Emil Dahl was looking pretty good with 8 clubs, and making real progress. So then I wake up this morning to this:
Part of the craziness here is releasing and collecting 5 clubs from one hand. Quite humbling when my collect of 5 clubs is still so bad with 2 hands.
And perhaps the first time it has ever been done? This is the 8 ball version of the “tower series” of siteswaps. In these tricks, each throw goes lower than the previous one, so that the balls all land in the reverse order they were thrown. The 3 ball version, 531, is a pretty reasonable trick to learn early on – if you take lessons with me, I’d be happy to help you with it sometime. I’m getting close to my first 97531 (the 5 ball version), but haven’t quite landed it yet. You can see Alex do a few DB97531 in this video as well. Enjoy!
Jon and Owen, The Passing Zone, are arguably the most successful comedy juggling team ever. They continue to perform for corporate and theatrical events after over 25 years together. While they are excellent club passers, they demonstrate that an entertaining juggling act can be much more than the actual juggling itself.
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.