Archive for June, 2007

Clever Insect

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Lookit what this fly can do! I didn’t know they had brain cells enough to manage something like this.

The Passing Zone

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

These guys know how to make juggling enjoyable for a non-juggling audience. Not only are they funny, they know how to explain the tricks they are doing unobtrusively. They also do a pretty good job making the old jokes seem less stale. One of my favorite non-technical juggling videos.

Predator or Prey?

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

So often grade school science books paint the life of a predator as being so easy. You sit around in a tree all day, and grab yourself a snack when you need one. This is especially true with lions, which are portayed as being so fast an powerfull nothing can keep them from dinner. I have to say though, after watching this video, I begin to think that certain types of “prey” have an easier life.

How would you like to wrestle your prey from a croc, and then have have your guts stomped out by a bunch of pissed off relatives?

Chinese Dish Kickups

Monday, June 4th, 2007

I had heard about this girl before, but I had always assumed the tale was exaggerated. After all, you would have to have such an improbable amount of control over a unicycle, rolling globe, and kickups. But then the other night I found this video. It’s one of those videos I can hardly believe even as I’m watching it. Rather than explain the tricks in detail, I’ll just let you watch it.

Makes me wonder how much truth there is in the other “big fish” stories that circus performers tell.

Alexander Kiss

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

I think this is the first time I have seen good quality video footage of Alexander Kiss. It’s easy to see why he’s become so famous throughout the juggling community. I have heard a lot about him in the past, so I knew he was a very smooth and technically advanced juggler, but I didn’t quite realized exactly how advanced he was. Among other things, he does 8 rings on a rola-bola with a face balance, continuous 6 ring 4 up 360’s without set-up throws, and five club backcrosses. He has a lot of the stiffness you see in most Russian jugglers, but he makes it look dignified. Some of the other Russian juggler’s look like they’re experiencing some kind of early-onset rigor-mortis. Evgeni Biljauer comes to mind. . . but I’ll try to do a post on him later.