Archive for April, 2007

Vova's Latest Videos

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

After being thrashed at the WJF UK Open, Vova Galchenko was apparently feeling pretty down about his juggling. He released two practice videos to “boost his self-esteem”. I don’t know how effective they were at making him feel better, but there is some pretty incredible juggling on these videos! It’s hard to pick out highlights when all of the tricks are so far beyond what you commonly see on a juggling video. One trick that really stuck out to me was db97531 with a 360 spin. Not only have I never seen this trick done before by anyone, I didn’t even know Vova practiced db97531!

For the non-jugglers in my audience, db97531 is a 7 ball trick where all the balls are thrown to different heights so that they can be caught in the opposite order they were thrown. It takes tremendous control, and there aren’t very many jugglers who can do it. Vova did it while spinning.

Check them out:

A Modern Stonehenge

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

This guy likes to play around with huge stones, and is building his own stonehenge—without modern tools! It’s not only cool to see, I think it also serves as a lesson. It may or may not be the way the stonehenge was built, but it goes to show that there are non-technological ways to do some impressive feats. All it takes is some basic knowledge of how large objects behave.

Cool Passing Act

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

The Teslenko’s have a very cool passing act. They only pass rings and clubs, but they know how to make an act interesting. It’s just a pity the camera man did such a poor job. My favorite part was the ending trick. I had an idea similar to that for a contest between jugglers, but the performance version is pretty darn cool by itself.

Finally, a Flashlight that is bright enough!

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

I guess this guy wasn’t content with the meager amount of light a typical flashlight with give you. He modified his to be so bright it can set paper on fire!

Cool Water Sculpture

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

This is what I call a creative fountain! That’d be a neat thing to have in your garden. The originating site has a lot of good photography in it. Well worth checking out.

Water Sculpture

Wind Powered Sculptures

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

I’ve heard about this guy’s wind powered mobile sculptures before, but it’s still awesome to see. A little eerie, too.

Send Peden to Sweden

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Wes Peden wants to go to a circus school in Sweden. To raise a little money to help get him there, he created the “Send Peden to Sweden” video and is selling it for a modest $5.00 on the internet. You can find the puchase link and an explanation here.

When I first heard about it, I wasn’t sure it was such a great idea. Wes isn’t the first person to try to sell juggling videos online. Anthony Gatto tried it for a short while as well. Dozens of people complained that they never recieved a download link, couldn’t play the video, and many other problems. Mr. Gatto had to spend so much time dealing with these issues, I doubt he came out ahead if you count his time as worth anything.

But so far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well Wes’s video seems to be working out on the technical front. I’ve heard very little complaints. From my own experience, the process was very simple and straight forward. As soon as I completed the pay-pal order, my browser popped up with a dialog to begin the download. A few minutes later I was watching the video!

As for the video itself, it is very similar to Wes’s other videos, except that it is much more polished and better presented. The video resolution is much higher, too. If you liked Wes’s previous videos, you’ll love this one. The emphasis is not on the technical tricks, but there are enough technically amazing tricks included that you’ll find stuff you like in this video even if you don’t care for Wes’s particular style of creativity. And theres no need to worry about 15 minutes of juggling footage feeling repetitive. Wes keeps things different enough to keep you interested the whole way through.

The trailer should give you a pretty good idea of what it’s like before you pay for it: