I’ve been thinking about writing this tutorial for some time and, well here it is…. Mykps tutorial on how to Juggle.
So first off – why did I learn and why do I juggle?
When I first saw one of my work colleagues juggling, I though “How the hell does he manage to do that” Similarly I thought I have got to learn how to do this.
Working for a computer games company did have its advantages and one of these was that we got to goof off quite a lot. We held stupid competitions, like who could throw the rubbish ball (A large ball made of waste paper) in to the bin from the greatest distance away, so standing in the room where we all worked and learning to juggle during works time was a great advantage.
Now juggling to me is the ultimate concentration tool and the ultimate forget everything else tool. I use juggling to either focus my mind or to forget something for a few moments. Not to mention I actually enjoy it, it’s a challenge especially when I try new tricks or more / varied items.
For me juggling takes all my concentration and if I have something on my mind I juggle for a few minutes and because all of my mind is focused on the juggling, I forget all else whilst the balls are in the air!
Also its an achievement for me to use more balls or learn a brand new technique and although I wouldn’t call myself an expert I can Cascade five balls, shower 5 balls (on a very good day!), 4 in a fountain and 4 rings in cascade. I’ve never tried juggling clubs or any other weird objects.
Descriptions (from Juggling.org)
A cascade is a juggling pattern in which the objects are thrown from one hand to the other (left throws to right, right throws to left) alternating, with the outgoing throw going under the incoming object. Viewed from the front, the outgoing ball is closer to the center of the pattern than the incoming one. Your right and left hands will be moving in clockwise and counter-clockwise circles respectively.
A shower is a pattern in which one hand throws the balls in an arc to the other hand and the other hand shuffles the objects straight across underneath to the hand throwing the arcs. The pattern forms a shape that looks something like a circle.
This refers to patterns with an even number of objects in which the objects (usually balls) do not cross from hand to hand. The easiest is to have the balls follow inside-outside paths (i.e. left hand throws counter-clockwise “circles” and the right hand clockwise), but variations are possible. The balls can be thrown at the same time (synchronous) or staggered (asynchronous).