Well, that was a surprise.
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.
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.