I found this video of choreography by handicapped Chinese people on the Ministry Of Manipulation blog. It’s kind of eerie and surreal, especially when you think of how much more difficult it must be when you can’t count on everyone to see or hear their cues.
In case you haven’t noticed, juggling is featured regularly on this blog—mainly because it is my preferred form of entertainment. My hope is that you will find it entertaining as well. If you do, you may be inspired to learn to juggle yourself, or at the very least learn enough of the terminology to understand what I’m saying when I talk about juggling. When someone tells me they are interested, the first place I normally send them is to the Learn to Juggle section of World Juggling Federation website. It has an excellent outline of juggling terminology, and the best instructional video clip teaching the basic 3 ball pattern that I have seen so far.
The video starts with some brief clips of very high-level technical juggling, which serves to give you some inspiration to help you through the sometimes frustrating task of learning to juggle. Then Jason Garfield takes you through the process of learning to juggle, starting with just one ball, moving on to two, and then three balls. The clip ends with Jason demonstrating some relatively easy three ball tricks you can learn after you master the basic cascade.
While the video is hardly exhaustive when it comes to tips and suggestions, it provides a great starting point. If you get stuck, you can ask for help here in the comments section, or head on over to the WJF Forums and ask for help there.
Watch this japanese guy kick the other Japanese guy around. It’s a riot!
More seriously, I wonder about how you would train for something like this. I gather from other videos and things I’ve read that they practice with inanimate objects beforehand. Still, everyone makes mistakes, and in this case the mistakes must hurt a lot for the guy getting thrown around. What kind of protection do they wear?
Adrian Pole is a 12 year old from the UK, and he’s got skills. His juggling is very advanced for his age, and he’s fun to watch. Now an announcment has been made on the The World Juggling Federation website that Adrian would like to compete in this year’s set of competitions, and they are collecting money to sponsor him. Check out this video he made back in December:
That 7 ring flash is impressive considering how low his ceiling is, and the 5 ring pancake throws are tough, too. It will be interesting to watch his juggling improve as he gets older.
Alan Sulc is by far the most technically advance bounce juggler that I have ever seen. No one can force-bounce eight and nine balls as long as he does in performance even in practise sessions!
Olga and Vova Galchenko have been considered the most technically advanced passing team for years. They held the club passing records for 9, 10, 11, and 12 clubs. However, as time went on, Olga and Vova began to go their seperate ways, and their records slipped away. Christoph and Manuel Mitasch took the 9 club record, and then in 2006 Dmitry and Victor Teslenko took the 10 and 11 club records. Rumors went around that Olga and Vova might no longer be “the best”. Shortly thereafter, Olga and Vova announced that they would take back some of their records—and they did. Not only did they take back the 11 club record, they beat the 9 club record in ultimates! Normally when jugglers set a passing record, they use the two-count pattern, where one arm throws to yourself, and the other arm passes to your partner. In the Ultimates pattern, every throw is a pass to the other juggler, dramatically increasing the difficulty.
These videos of Mattias Jonsson seem to have been largely overlooked. Although he isn’t very original in his tricks, I found his combination of new and old-school tricks meshed with an agressive style to be interesting and engaging. It’s a nice change from jugglers who look like druggies and think they’re artists. He does some neat skateboarding tricks as well.
It’s weird to see the Brunn finish, crazy diabolo tricks, and skateboarding all in the same video.
Thomas Dietz is one of the few jugglers who can make an entertaining video based on raw skill alone. A couple years back he made ten videos which quickly became some of the most well known juggling videos on the web. Now he’s at it again, releasing three awesome video clips, and this trailer for “Thomas Dietz 11”.
One thing that makes Thomas stand out from a lot of the other great technical jugglers on the web is that he isn’t shy about showing moves that are really difficult for him. This means his videos tend to have tricks on them that are so hard you can’t believe he actually did them. I still wonder if he’s actually going to land that 7 club 5 up 720 in Thomas Dietz 11 or not. He’s been known to pretend he’s going to do something impossible before, just to tease us, but he’s also famous for actually doing the impossible tricks!
I’ve never thought much of mimes. It always seemed to me that the only thing dumber than a bunch of people playing charades was one person playing charades all by himself. But recently I stumbled upon this video of Jerome Murat, and it proved to be an education for me. It seems that if you know where to look, you can find at least one mime that can entertain you even if you’re sober.