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.
I like this video because so many jugglers get into the hobby, and immediately start viewing it as a race to see how many they can do. Falco makes it clear that you could spend a lifetime just making 3 balls look amazing. He does dabble in 4 (and briefly 5) balls in this video, but numbers is hardly the point.
These two videos do a pretty good job of capturing the sort of thing that goes on at a week-long IJA festival. Some of the clips aren’t great or won’t make much sense if you aren’t very familiar with the festival and the juggling scene, but there is lots of fun stuff to see.
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.