Kyle Johnson: Gballz and Multiplexes

Kyle is a friend of mine, my former juggling instructor, and was a great help teaching with me at The Nueva School. He is also sponsored by Gballz, and put out this incredible video recently where he takes his Gballz for a spin. Kyle is more commonly known for juggling large Dube’ stage balls, so this video is full of crazy multiplex tricks that aren’t really feasible with stage balls but become possible (for him…) with beanbags. Enjoy!

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.

Emil Dahl: 9 club flash on video!

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.