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.