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The Void -

Pass quiz for #BungayBallsUp. No prizes, just for fun.
Quiz! Can you match the passes to the years? (Hi res at ) Beware red herrings. Answers will be revealed at #BBU20.
— Bungay Balls Up (@BungayBallsUp) March 22, 2019

The Void - - Parent


Orinoco - - Parent

That's beautiful!

Harry Porter -

Hi bad1dobby - do you still have the list of video requests I sent you some time back? If not, please could you re-send me your database (either as .txt attachments or similar, or in the body of an email). I think you also said you have a big pile of recordings you haven't sorted through yet? My email is Thank you!

Thom! -

Hey friends!

Long time since I've posted on here, but thought you might be interested in a book that I just published.

It's called "Juggling - From Antiquity to the Middle Ages: the forgotten history of throwing and catching" and it's about, well, exactly what it says on the tin.

It's the first fully sourced-and-cited history of juggling going through this time period - complete with 20 pages of bibliography and just shy of 100 footnotes and asides.

The book has gotten some really nice praise from Karl-Heinz Ziethen, Dominque Jando, the Circus Report, and Midwest Book Review -- but I'll leave it up to you to decide if it's any good.

Two years in the making, it's now on Amazon in paperback and ebook formats (as well as a number of local juggling shops around the world!) It's also on all of the international book databases, so you can request it from your local library. Just ask for it by the title & ISBN and they should be able to get you squared away.

Hope you dig it! (And apologies for being so absent! Life, shows, research... lots of excuses these days.)

Book -

Trailer -

Podcast interview about the research process -

All the best,


Little Paul - - Parent

hurrah! Been waiting for this for ages...

It's in my cart on amazon, just waiting for the next time my order tips over the free-shipping limit.

Thom! - - Parent

Cool! I hope you enjoy it!

If you're looking for some kinda esoteric juggling reading recommendations to help push that cart over the limit, I can't praise this book enough:今を生きる日本の伝統芸能-江戸太神楽-Edo-Daikagura-MARUICHI/dp/4862120954/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?keywords=Daikagura&qid=1552925032&s=gateway&sr=8-2

It's written in Japanese, but has English translations on the facing pages. Really interesting look at the life and training of the current master of Daikagura.

Topper - - Parent

I received your book in the post last Thursday.
I have had a quick flick through and it looks really interesting. I love the front cover.

Daniel Simu - - Parent

That was a fun podcast :)

I hope your book takes off, flicking through the digital version you showed me convinced me it's full of interesting and new juggling knowledge! :D

Igor Szostak -

Hey the best jugglers in the world!:) I'm new here, My name is Igor I'm from Lublin, next event that I'm attending is IJC 2019.
What do you think about IJC comparing to EJC?

7b_wizard - - Parent

hi, .. only 324,119th best, but hi!

Andrew Jenkins -


Please note that the convention is now one day. 27th April 2019 from 9am until very late for renegade.
Thank you.

7b_wizard -

What were the worst conditions you ever did a regular practise session in? [ #conditions ]

7b_wizard -

Which pure reaction games do you know?

I know the one where you and a partner \opponent hold your folded hands against each other at the middlefinger's tips, then hit. Turn changes when you miss.

One holds a bill pointing down. He will let loose and you have to simply grip it in not too great distance below where it's held. ( If you get it, you can keep it lol )

The classic, is it real or is it fiction, keep a coin held out in your flat open hand, and partner has to fetch it before you close your hand on the coin.

( I remember Bill Bixby, the "Magician" in a tv-series, suddenly letting a hanky appear in his hand, in order to catch a cobra by its neck with the other. Surely mere fiction. )

What else?

Orinoco - - Parent

At TWJC we often played a reaction game called 'club passing'. Two or more players would line up & agree on a regular passing pattern (3 count was most popular), but instead of passing to the hand & to the agreed rhythm participants wildly throw passes as far beyond arm's reach as possible while also varying the spin, speed & orientation of the club while at the same time using their reflexes or blind luck to catch their opponent's passes.

There were never any winners.

The Void - - Parent

This is a fun game.

Cedric Lackpot - - Parent

It is. A veeeeeery long time ago I was passing with Haggis and he introduced me to what he called 'freestyle', wherein you throw whatever the fsck you like, without regard to the agreed pattern, accuracy, timing, etc., with the proviso that it should at least be potentially catchable and an interesting challenge to your partner. It can get very big very quickly but with a little forethought by each end it's a barrel of laughs, and really good for overall passing technique to boot.

Tom Derrick - - Parent

Jon Peat and I used to play a more constrained version of this, which could best be described as "possibly Jim's". We started passing normally in 2 count, but randomly alternated between crossing and straight passes.

Daniel Simu - - Parent

How do you avoid collision when you both pass straight but from opposite hands?

Little Paul - - Parent

That shouldn't happen in 2 count should it?

Orinoco - - Parent

It can in Tom's Possibly Jim's. Juggler A randomly passes 2 straights, juggler B randomly passes a cross & a straight.

This is a fun pattern, for me the trick to avoiding collisions is to know what type of pass your partner is going to throw by the way they line up the pass before they throw it.

Daniel Simu - - Parent

But if both partners think they know that a collision is going to happen, you still need to agree on a way to avoid it or both will do the same avoiding throw :p. Also happens when both cross from opposite hands, I just realized...

I'll give it a shot later

Richard Loxley - - Parent

I've often done the same with 3 count - each throw is randomly straight or crossed. In fact whenever we do Jim's 3 count it usually eventually ends up with this due to boredom.

You do need to angle your throws to avoid collisions, but having an exaggeratedly different throwing and catching hand position helps, as does focussing on what your partner is doing rather than what you're doing.

The latter is an excellent passing skill to develop anyway. If you focus on the other person, then your throws get better as you have feedback on where your passes are going. Your partner then has to focus less attention on catching your passes, so their throws get better too :-)

Tobi Reif -

Filmed a basic five ball multiplex pattern:

bad1dobby -

Video: juggling moves in real world applications #352: The Elbow Catch

Daniel Simu - - Parent

Yeah, that's a fun one! I'm planning a street show with fruit juggling, so I had to forward this to my stage partner, haha!

7b_wizard - - Parent

°wow° .. with a 31 shower at 1:00 ! awesome!

Orinoco - - Parent

Even an omelette can be a performance

7b_wizard - - Parent

oh my goodness

7b_wizard - - Parent

#eggYolkJuggling ( @ 2:15 ff )

7b_wizard - - Parent

another evergreen soul of a juggler .. "domplines voladores", no-look dough passes..

Daniel Simu - - Parent

That's quite wonderful!

Harry Porter - - Parent

Hi bad1dobby - do you still have the list of video requests I sent you some time back? If not, please could you re-send me your database (either as .txt attachments or similar, or in the body of an email). I think you also said you have a big pile of recordings you haven't sorted through yet? My email is Thank you!

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