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Stephen -

Remember guys - pre-registraton for BJC 2017 ends in a weeks time (midnight 28/02/2017)! Get your tickets now. :)

Maria - - Parent

I'll get a ticket as soon as I have booked my flight tickets so I know I'll actually get there... Just need to take a little time to look at my travel options, and decide if I'm going home after BJC or straight to the Swedish Juggling Convention. :)

The Void - - Parent

Will there be a rep at Upchuck to take cash registrations?

Stephen - - Parent

Void - I'll be there and taking cash registrations! I'll come see you during the event.

The Void - - Parent

Thanks.

The Void -

This is old, but just as funny today as it was then. "Jason Garfield's worst nightmare"
http://juggling.tv/1203

Little Paul - - Parent

I'd forgotten what a gem {1,1}{0,2} is in the middle of that.

Also, the first segment needs a reminder if this by way of a cultural reference:
https://youtu.be/4W8KsBwhl9o

Blimey, was that really over a decade ago?

Daniel Simu - - Parent

Haha, yeah I love that video, I only found it a couple years ago and was so happily surprised this existed!

The Void -

Ziethen book in lot on ebay. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/122350526407 10.5 hours to go, cheap at the current bid. One for the US-based juggling historian connoisseur, as they only list US postage.

Little Paul - - Parent

I make it *two* KHZ books in that photo, both worth having :)

The Void - - Parent

Bargain!!

mtb -

I was just pointed at this article via Twitter: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archive-digitizing-history-circus-180962100/

It links to the Illinois State University's Circus and Allied Arts Archive. Which has a great collection of photos: http://digital.library.illinoisstate.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/circus

Some potentially interesting stuff.

Little Paul - - Parent

I'll have a bit more of a rummage later, but there are some nice combination tricks in there... for example

http://digital.library.illinoisstate.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/circus/id/8888/rec/5

That's got a ball spinning on a ring held in the performers hand, which is something I'd known was possible from my ball spinning experience, but which I've never seen included in an act.

I liked this one too http://digital.library.illinoisstate.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/circus/id/4996/rec/13

Little Paul - - Parent

Francis Brunn out of costume: http://digital.library.illinoisstate.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/circus/id/1751/rec/1
Francis Brunn in costume: http://digital.library.illinoisstate.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/circus/id/1782/rec/15

In fact, there are several pictures of Francis and Lotti in colour wearing costumes I don't think I've seen elsewhere http://digital.library.illinoisstate.edu/cdm/search/collection/circus/searchterm/brunn/order/title

mike.armstrong -

The Catch...
The UK's former juggling magazine is now (mostly) on line at www.jugglingmagazines.com - I hope you enjoy it!
Cheers
-Mike

Cedric Lackpot - - Parent

Super Mike, thanks.

I glanced through the first few pages of issue #1, and lo and behold there's Lindsay Hurd (misspelled in The Catch) who AFAIK is still working in touring circus. And there's Shaun Bridges, an Archaos-grade BMX expert and massive nutter who nearly immolated a crowd in a basement in Bath at around that time. How the fucking fuck so many of us survived the rampant negligence and recklessness of that time, I do not know.

The Void - - Parent

Well done, and thanks. (Sorry for not answering the email... Didn't have any spares).
"To view it full-screen click the icon in the bottom right-hand corner." Does that mean the magnifying glass icon? 'Cos for me, that just maximises the magazine within the viewer, but doesn't make the viewer fullscreen. (iPad 2, iOS 9.2)

7b_wizard - - Parent

On PC (oldversion firefox 16) it's same .. bottom left glass-magnifies once which is still too small; bottom right, "fullscreen" won't work.

mike.armstrong - - Parent

I've made a change which might help for older browsers for Issue 1. Does http://jugglingmagazines.com/?page_id=117 work now? If so I'll copy the change across all the pages.

7b_wizard - - Parent

Fullscreen's perfect now.

( The little zooming window appears, but it's still too small to read; but that doesn't matter, as fullscreen works well now. .. I'm anyway blaming my old machine, constellation and configuration. I'm just not updating everything all the time. )

Thanks!

mike.armstrong - - Parent

On desktops there's a square-with-gaps icon in the bottom right hand corner for full screen - it looks like it doesn't exist on mobile devices. I'll have a play and see if I can work something out...

mike.armstrong - - Parent

Hopefully it's better now...it's working well on all of my (non-apple) mobile devices
Cheers
-Mike

The Void - - Parent

And on my iPad too. Thanks!

Mïark - - Parent

That's brilliant, thanks Mike.

For your "Other Juggling Magazines" page there is also an archive of Jugglers world" 1981-1998 online at http://dev.juggle.org/history/archives/jugmags/index.php (hopefully it won't get obliterated by IJA website modernisation). It doesn't have the search capacity that the juggling.org archive has, but has a limited index and is slightly more complete

mike.armstrong - - Parent

Thanks Miark - I've added a link

Mini - - Parent

Wow.

very well done

i have a set of 3 ply press her as well that should be archived at some point should anyone with the skill and inclination fancy that

mike.armstrong - - Parent

If someone want to scan them I'm happy to host them!

Orinoco - - Parent

Great work Mike, well done!

I recognise the covers of issues 12 & 14 so I should have issue 13. I will check what condition my copy is in. What format do you need a scan in? I'll see if I can find somewhere to scan it myself, if unable I can pop it in the post to you or pass it along to you or one of your staff members at the BJC.

mike.armstrong - - Parent

Excellent, thanks Orin.
I've been working with full colour 300dpi jpgs if you can rustle them up - otherwise post would be good too.
Cheers
-Mike

mike.armstrong - - Parent

...and now complete rebuilt to (hopefully!) work better on mobile devices
Cheers
-Mike

Colin E. - - Parent

Thanks Mike - really enjoyed that trip down memory lane. I didn't realise I had previously owned quite so many issues.

Were some of those ones that I had donated? some of the (coffee) stains looked familiar!

mike.armstrong - - Parent

I've had donations from a few people, so those could well be your coffee stains - thanks very much for them!

bad1dobby -

This is of limited interest, but will appeal to those who like 'lost' juggling tricks.

I've just found this trick that I've seen written up in a couple of old juggling/magic manuscripts, but never seen performed - egg balance/roll along a stick.

The trick starts around 0:33, and only lasts a few seconds:
http://juggling.tv/16302

It's followed by some nice clear footage of the Reverhos trio.

7b_wizard - - Parent

The egg to me behaves like it were hollow and a small lead ball (or even a round bar in a cylindric chamber?!) inside somewhat stabilizing the balance .. hard to see if, above that, the stick has a guidance. I'd then rate this rather magic, a surprising effect, than not indeed really balancing skill.

7b_wizard - - Parent

+ thx 4 sharing

The Void - - Parent

It's the 4 toddlers at 0:25, being indoctrinated/brainwashed that I feel sorry for.

Little Paul - - Parent

I agree, it's nice to see that clown gag actually performed. I've seen write-ups of a couple of methods but there isn't quite enough footage from quite the right angle for me to be confident about which method they're using.

Anyway - are we seriously not mentioning that the club+ball stacked on the mouthstick is spinning, and appears like it might be being driven by the performer?

I've seen people do that with bottles, but only ever fat-end-down where the control required to drive the rotation isn't as fine - and those performers were generally not doing it as part of a combination trick on a slackwire.

The Void - - Parent

Ooh, well spotted. I missed that. Shame you cant see all of it, or for longer. I was getting this precession when placing a club balance onto another club the other day, and that was a bit annoying. Maybe the small point of contact means it's difficult for it to "go anywhere"?

bad1dobby - - Parent

The other thing that's easy to miss is the parasol-spinning on the foot of the one- handed handstand on slack-wire, almost entirely framed- out by the camera.
http://p0.storage.canalblog.com/00/41/1180517/91120153_o.jpg.

mtb - - Parent

That is just ridiculous.

7b_wizard - - Parent

Lex Barker?

Thom! -

That time of the year again!

Here's what I've been up to this year, friends... a few new tricks, from me to you! Hope you dig it!

https://youtu.be/-Sdgj08u7Ds

http://juggling.tv/16297

Daniel Simu - - Parent

Fun stuff! I especially liked the table cloth pull at the start :D

It's inspiring to see, and makes me want to make a similar video some day! However I'm really not in the habit of recording myself yet, perhaps that is a first thing to tackle ;)


How did "Bramson rolls" end up being called that? I see more and more people use that name, but I would really prefer to call them "Everhart rolls"
Do you know who first named them like this?

Thom! - - Parent

That's a good question (... For David! Ha!)

I've heard that trick referred to as "bramson rolls" for as long as I've seen it. My guess is that Bob is the first guy who was televised doing it? One point of anec-data for ya :p

Little Paul - - Parent

I think I've been assuming it's similar to why Alberts/Treblas are called Alberts/Treblas.

ie they're so named because more jugglers have seen Bob Bramson do them than Everhardt (because more footage exists of Bramson, for obvious reasons)

Little Paul - - Parent

Although, oddly - the earliest reference I can find to the term "Bramson Rolls" seems to be a post on rec.juggling form 2009 from Norbi.

Seems like the term should pre-date that, so it's kinda odd it doesn't show up on r.j before then.

lukeburrage - - Parent

I'm not sure. I don't remember it having a name before I heard them called Bramson Rolls in the last five years or so.

And like "isolated" its one of the many juggling terms that really annoys me when I see it used "incorrectly". For me, Bramson's trick only has the correct aesthetic qualities when performed with four objects. With three objects, especially three small hoops or rings, it has a hole in it, and completely ruins the effect.

7b_wizard - - Parent

[answering thread:] Cf. http://www.juggling.org/fame/bramson/malone.html and http://www.juggling.org/fame/bramson/award.html - lotsa "rolls", but no "Bramson Rolls" mentionned.

Thom! - - Parent

It's settled, then!

Let's just blame Norbi! ;)

DavidCain - - Parent

Bramson Rolls is definitely a recent term. Everhart obviously did it first with three, but Howard Nichols did it with four, including on television and film, before Bramson. It probably just comes down to the fact that modern jugglers most often associate it with Bramson because he was the virtuoso hoop juggler of the modern era and so many videos exist of him.

The Void - - Parent

Right, so it's Everharts with 3, and HowNics with 4. Glad that's settled. ^_^

Orinoco - - Parent

Happy birthday Thom!

Orinoco -

Apparently freestyle dance/acrobatics in a freefall simulator competitions are a thing.

https://youtu.be/CN3-4Z4ae_0

Never seen this before (wait for it...), I was blown away.

I'll get my coat

Little Paul - - Parent

You just had to drop that pun in there didn't you

7b_wizard - - Parent

Wonderful! Flying human.

mtb - - Parent

I wonder how expensive getting and running one of those is. If it is reasonable, I wonder if it might crop up in a circus at some point.

It looks like fun though!

Orinoco - - Parent

They are only (ha!) a bunch of very powerful fans & a perspex enclosure. While very niche I can't imagine they would be expensive enough to put off Cirque Du Soleil. Limiting factor would then be power supply, I doubt you'd be able to plug it in at the mains.

Does it really offer anything substantially better than more traditional flying trapeze acts? Once the novelty has worn off probably not. Having the performer enclosed off from the audience & wearing a crash helmet takes away a lot of the performer's ability to engage with an audience too.

I should've also noted in my original post the performer is Maja kuczyńska who came third in the Wind Games 2017 held in Cataluna.

Little Paul - - Parent

I wouldn't have thought it would need more than 63A 3 phase, which should be readily available in most theatrical venues (and indeed, most tented venues)

The novelty factor, rigging difficulties, enclosed performers etc have never stopped wall-of-death or ball-of-death acts from being popular.

Talking of intriguing props, I'll just drop this teaser from Greg Kennedy/Michael Karas here as it doesn't seem long enough to warrant a new thread on its own:

https://youtu.be/An-whv73k88

Those two do seem to have a habit of coming up with/developing toys I want to play with, but which I don't have the space to build...

mtb - - Parent

That looks like it could be rather interesting to watch. I like the projector onto the moving bars.

lukeburrage - - Parent

There is way more to these things than just a big fan. They are wind tunnels laying in their side. They are WAY bigger than just the Perspex column you see here. That's the minority of the thing. They take up entire buildings.

John R - - Parent

Yep. A friend of mine got into parachutig and then flight tunnels (it's a very expensive hobby by the look of it). The airflow is on the order of 2 million cubic meters an hour (tunnel cross section is at least 10 square meters, air speed 200 kph or so) - it's not just one fan, it's stacked series of fans top and bottom, and some bloody enormous filtered intake vents elsewhere in the building.

I am now trying to imagine what 2 million cubic meters an hour would do to a tent...

Orinoco - - Parent

I am now trying to imagine what 2 million cubic meters an hour would do to a tent...

If you were at BJC 2013 in Pickering you could've experienced it.

mtb - - Parent

Well, that would explain why a circus has not tried it yet, I guess.

lukeburrage - - Parent

To be clear, here's a diagram. See how big the perspex tube is in this?

https://downunder.iflyworld.com/uploads/600x487-Tunnel-Diagram.jpg

However, I don't want to quash the idea of this appearing in a Cirque du Soleil show in the future. If anyone will do it, it'll be them.

It's just that it won't be a single act, and it won't be a touring show, and it certainly won't be in a big top. It'll need to be like the O show in Vegas, which is entirely built around water and diving and other aquatic things. The show is built around that, and also the theatre.

I could see something similar with "air" show. All that stuff in the picture above? That would be around and behind the stage. The perspex tube could maybe be removable, or extend up and down. Air could also be diverted out of the tube, to blow things sideways or down or whatever.

peterbone - - Parent

How about the more portable outside versions? They look a lot smaller.
https://youtu.be/R68utBn23lc

lukeburrage - - Parent

When the fan is below, the column of air is super lumpy with turbulence from the spinning blades. That's just about good enough to hold your body flat and stay up, but the fine control needed for dance moves isn't possible. The modern installations have the fans above, and suck the air up, which means it is a uniform column of air and has no turbulence.

Of course, the sucking fans need a sealed column of air, which is why there is the perspex tube for the flier. The air speed is the same from the top to the bottom, unlike the open design with the fan below, where the air speed drops off as the stream dissipates. It's just a massive blast, and you're balanced on top of it.

You really need the wall-to-wall air column for dance routines like in the previous video.

peterbone - - Parent

Understood.

The Void - - Parent

Neat. BBC article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-38890112
Why do people say "are a thing" when they could say "exist"?

Orinoco - - Parent

I'm trying to be down with the kidz.

Little Paul - - Parent

If this was the 90's, and rec.juggling - I'd be making inappropriate jokes about Neil Stammer right now.

7b_wizard - - Parent

I can imagine artists using weights in order to not fly (so much). There'd then be ``groundies, slomo-jumpies and flyers (flyees)´´ to be choreographed to a showact. Lightweighties could be held by ropes or rubber-ribbons to be able to stand or dive upside down permanently without sinking back down, too. (( Maybe also bring your pet, cat or dog lol. ))

JonPeat -

Chocfest 2017 - The York Juggling Convention (UK)- Review

The 22nd annual juggling convention held in the city of York took place on Saturday 28th January.


Please follow the link to read my account of the day.

http://ezine.juggle.org/2017/02/01/chocfest-2017-the-york-juggling-convention-review-uk/


I hope you enjoyed the review or the convention, whether you did or didn't, join the discussion!

Cheers, Jon

The Void - - Parent

I would like to award Josh a Silver Star for his joke.

Dee - - Parent

Loved the review as per usual.

Orinoco - - Parent

Could you please ask Jenni to write an article explaining her fear of the Mona Lisa.

Mïark - - Parent

Oh no! Your convention reviews are no longer on Juggling Edge, is it because you couldn't put pictures on JE?
I am glad you spelt Emily's boots correctly.
Have a hashtag nonetheless #Chocfest22

Little Paul - - Parent

Sorry I couldn't make it, I wanted to be there as it was the day after my 40th - but I had a family thing to go to on the Friday night and didn't fancy a 4hr drive there and a 4hr drive back on the Saturday.

It turns out that the other two jugglers I know of who share my birthday weren't there either though, so I don't feel too bad.

Richard Loxley - - Parent

What's with your possession of multiple items of jugglers' footwear. Is this some kind of fetish?

York Jugglers - - Parent

Glad you enjoyed Chocfest this year.
Could you include a link to Chocfest website, www.chocfest.net , so people reading your review in the future could find more details of successive Chocfests. Tried to comment directly on Ezine but there is no indication on that website how one obtains the login necessary to leave a comment. (Fightnightcombat also no longer gives convention website details)
Piers van Looy doesn't normally spell his name with extra e (or was this added for comic effect?).

JonPeat - - Parent

I debated asking Jenni to write the article about her Mona Lisa fear but she has been doing very well and I wouldn't want to cause a relapse...

I have added the Chocfest website to the review and corrected the spelling error on Pier's name, both good suggestions thank you!

People should be more carefull with their footwear. End of.

lukeburrage - - Parent

On fightnightcombat.com, after the event has ended, the website and other links are taken off the main tournament page and put under the "news and links" tab. In the case of Chocfest, the only link I added this year was the Facebook Event Page, so I guess that's still a problem for this specific tournament, but generally the links are still available.

mike.armstrong - - Parent

You might want to add the cafe at N53° 59.869' W001° 15.965' to your satnav for next time.
They provided excellent greasy meat in a bun to me on Saturday morning.

The Void -

Peter Richardson 3-Ball stack. Found this clip from last years's BJC on my phone.
http://juggling.tv/16287

#bjc2017 #bjc

The Void - - Parent

Whoops! Copyfail.
http://juggling.tv/16288

7b_wizard - - Parent

Great watch. Also strong 5c bx and nice 7b cascade in the background.

Little Paul - - Parent

Nice, he's getting good at that (and isn't cheating by using those horrible saggy slomo/gertie balls favoured by some 3 ball stack spinners ;)

Although I did get somewhat distracted by Luke Burrage failing to flash 6 clubs in the background. I thought you had that more solid than that Luke? Or were you just having a bad day?

lukeburrage - - Parent

There is another video from this same session where I'm nailing 5 club backcrosses over and over in the background. So it wasn't too bad of a day.

lukeburrage - - Parent

Turns out that's me failing to flash 7 clubs.

The Void - - Parent

One better! :)

Colin E. - - Parent

he can do one more then you.

Little Paul - - Parent

Ahh, well, that would line up better with my mental picture of your skill level :)

mtb - - Parent

Is this one of those tricks that it more difficult than it looks? Because it looked reasonably easy, although not something one can do in the first couple of attempts.

The Void - - Parent

Peter's been ball-spinning for a long time, so he's good at it. When you're good at something, it often "looks easy" to the uninitiated.
It isn't.

mtb - - Parent

Yeah, I thought it was one of those. I have never tried it, so was asking in pure ignorance.

I will say that I was not expecting it to be that much more difficult than I thought it was, based on Nigel's comment below.

Little Paul - - Parent

It jumps up surprisingly fast (unless you're cheating and using the saggy balloon balls that the americans like so much)

If spinning 1 ball = juggling 3 balls, a 2 ball stack is 5 balls, and a 3 ball stack is probably somewhere around 9 balls.

4 balls stacked is just crazy. I've only ever heard of one person getting anywhere with it.

I learned to spin a ball in a little over a week, about 10-15 years ago. Took me about another month to get it comfortably solid a while to get it "solid" - a broadly comparable amount of time to learning a 3 ball cascade.

A few years later I spent a week long festival mostly working on adding a second ball, it stayed on for probably 3 seconds at best. I think in total, that reflects the amount of practice time it took me to go from a solid 3 ball pattern cascade to 10-15 catches of 5 balls.

That was probably nearly a decade ago, and although I admit I don't work on it that often, I've never got more than about 15 seconds of a 2 ball stack (with proper balls) which feels like the equivalent amount of work that it took me to get up to 100 catches of 5 balls.

You can imagine how long I think it would take me to add a 3rd ball!

mtb - - Parent

Sjoe!

It's Him - - Parent

I've been ball spinning for around 15 years. I can stack two balls sometimes but three is definitely beyond me. I've seen Pete stack 4 balls once in 2004 (BJC Derby) at around 01:00. Shame there was no-one around to record that.

Nigel

furlisht - - Parent

Nice looking trick, but i'll be honest with you, I expected to see at least 3 balls in this video.

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