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Johnathan Mundell -

Is the WJF the world juggling championship?

Cedric Lackpot - - Parent

No, it's the World Juggling Federation.

Whilst it is not entirely representative of the world, nor a federation, it still facilitates some pretty hardcore championships that showcases high-end technical juggling.

Little Paul - - Parent

The WJF competitions are open to the world, but they're not the only juggling competition which is.

So it's less like "The Olympics" (single, recognised international sporting event) and more like "The Golf World Open" which is just one of the available international golf tournaments.

I'm amazed to discover the WJF has been running for 16 years, it doesn't seem that long ago that it started! I guess I'm getting old quicker than I thought!

The Void -

Bungay Balls Up is happening in virtual form this May, on our originally scheduled dates.

Our virtual video chatroom/meetup/hangout will go live on Friday 15th May from ~18:00 BST.
If you're a Bungay regular, or if you've just always wanted to come along, then pop in at some point. There's already a virtual poker tournament scheduled for May 22nd, and other events may well pop up as we go along.

Thanks to Richard for sorting out all the relevant coding.

We'll post the URL on Friday!

John R - - Parent

Hurray!

For UK readers, St Peter’s Brewery, about two miles from the Bungay buttercup field, delivers nationwide. I recommend them if you drink alcohol and like beer.

(On the other hand this brewery links to the late lamented ijdb, which is intriguing: http://www.banksandtaylor.com/link.html )

The Void - - Parent

Testing has gone well....

The Void - - Parent

Okay Bungayphiles, the site is more or less set up, so if you want to pop in a bit early, head along to...

https://virtual.bungayballsup.com/

...and input the password that you should be able to figure out. If you can't figure it out, please ask @BungayBallsUp on Twitter for help.

It's Bungay Time!

Richard Loxley - - Parent

The virtual convention is doing really well. So far about 188 "attendees" over the first 6 days. Still very busy even on the weekdays, and we'll probably get more people again at the weekend.

If you haven't popped in yet, please do. It really does feel like a "proper" convention, with the number of people, and the social interaction and workshops.

See you at https://virtual.bungayballsup.com/

:-)

Monte - - Parent

I had a great time at this year's Bungay. Had a real BBU feel to it. Great to see so many familiar faces.
Online games accompanied with a video chat room were a great innovation. Congrats to Void for becoming backgammon champion 2020.
Plenty of great poker with all the banter of face to face sessions. Congratulations to Hairy for winning this year's tournament. In fact the poker worked so well we are planning a monthly game using the virtual BBU site which is remaining open.
Mixed reviews of the food. Some people commented that it was no better than they could have made themselves while others liked the homemade feel of the menu. Toilet and shower facilities were an improvement over usual although the view from the composting toilets was missed by many.
A lot more workshops than usual including creative writing, baking, crafts and crossword solving.
A few regular faces missed it this year but most of the usual Bungay faces were here. It was the best ever attended BBU with over 200 coming from as far away as Miami.
Still hoping to do something in September but a socially distanced camping get together at the farm is the most likely outcome. A decision to be made nearer the time.

Big thanks to all those who made it possible. Workshop leaders, quiz and games organisers and most of all Richard for providing the site.

Danny Colyer - - Parent

It was lovely to attend my first Bungay. I don't tend to go to workshops (and I was working full time throughout anyway), but I enjoyed the tour of the farm.

As people keep telling me, it felt a lot like the old Bristol conventions.

Cedric Lackpot -

Pebble juggling in otters linked to tummy rumbles, researchers claim. Academic study was to be replicated in humans but scientists disappointed to find typical hobby jugglers can afford neither food nor pebbles.

</facetious>

But really, in an article in The Guardian today researchers claim to have found a link between pebble juggling in mustelids and the desire for or anticipation of food. Sadly this has dashed my hopes that otters also labour under the illusion that juggling is waaay cool.

Orinoco -

While going through some old documents I found some unicycle hockey stuff from the early 90s. I had a quick search & couldn't find any of this online so I will be dealing with that shortly. In the meantime though one of the documents mentioned the earliest known footage of unicycle hockey can be found in Varieté, a German silent film made by Ewald André Dupont. I'd not seen this before so I dug out the full film:

https://youtu.be/RpsaUe4no6s

Notable timestamps for me:

32:11 First performance footage, acrobatics from the Flying Codonas?
32:39 Possibly nsfw acro, some nice shots of the reflections in binoculars
33:16 Plate spinning
33:33 30 seconds of Enrico Rastelli plate juggling & mouthstick work, I believe I've seen this clip before in one of David's articles
34:44 The unicycle hockey skit. I genuinely found this amusing!
47:13 Flying trapeze, some nice shots that capture the scale of the Berlin Wintergarten theatre where it was filmed & also from the swinging trapeze itself

Little Paul - - Parent

I like the idea of being able to drag the goals around... makes the whole thing much more silly

Orinoco - - Parent

It was a common tactic at the first tournament I attended. Mostly from people (myself definitely included) simply crashing into the goal.

Simon Olley -

Hi,

Introducing myself - Simon. I got into juggling in the mid 80's then life got serious and playtime came to an end. Took early retirement last year and met up with a few old friends at EJC 2019. It was great to dust of the clubs and try and get some passing routines going again even though there was 30 years of rust to scrape off the old body. Since Covid struck I've been taking the opportunity in this glorious weather to practice in the garden. As soon as social distancing rules are relaxed I'd be really interested in meeting up with anyone who's into club passing. I live in North London (Muswell Hill).

Simon

david - - Parent

Welcome to the Edge. I lived in Palmers Green in 1971. I took up juggling in the 80s and haven’t stopped since. Passing is what I like best. I live in Miami now, it might be a while before our paths cross.

Simon Olley - - Parent

Hi David. You probably knew Max and Susi Oddball back in the day. I've recently reconnected with them and a few others who used to frequent those workshops. Boy has the standard of juggling gone up in the time! Not sure what my longest pass is, but it ain't as far as Miami. If I'm in the neighbourhood I'll give you a shout.

Joachim -

Hi everybody,

I am Joachim, 45 years old from Denmark.
Been juggling for some years on/off - and always had a great interest in creative fun.
I mostly juggle balls - Can juggle 4 at a time, and keep on adding tricks.
Been juggling clubs for 6 months, and just getting uset to it.
Also interested in close up magic (mostly cards, rope, rubber bands...) - and work as a part time magician.

Daniel Simu - - Parent

Welcome Joachim!

What is the most recent trick you've added?

Joachim - - Parent

Hmm...

Having fun with the clubs - Comfortable with cascade, and beginning to reverse cascade, under the arms, coloums, two i one hand.
Balls: 3 in one hand, and still struggling with box and shower
And 5 Ball pasning with my oldest daughter (17)
It´s fun (and annoying :o) to see how much faster she learn new tricks compared to me.
For instance - when I practised Mills mess a couple years ago - it took me like forever to understand what was going on, and to learn it. She did it in a couple of days...

Juan Francisco Gottig - - Parent

Hello! Welecome!

Kyle C -

Hey everyone!

Apparently I’m supposed to say hello and a bit about myself, so here goes:

  • I’ve been juggling for about 5 - 6 years, but just recently started getting more serious (but no TOO serious haha)
  • I’m a springboard diver, which is helpful with other circus things. But unfortunately all the pools are closed right now….
  • Rings are currently my favorite prop.
  • I don’t like olives.
  • Every year I go to Circus Smirkus camp, and I’m hoping to get on their traveling youth circus one day. Fingers crossed!

Well that’s about it for my introduction. Hopefully I’ll be posting a regular practice log, which might be motivating, we’ll see :)

Daniel Simu - - Parent

Welcome Kyle!
What does more serious (and TOO serious) mean for you?

I would have loved to learn springboard diving, but never found a good club in any of the places I lived. Maybe one day! Oh and I share your disgust for olives ;)

Little Paul - - Parent

Oh good - I thought it was just me on the olives.

I’m told they’re an “acquired taste” but I fail to see why anyone would want to push through that learning phase

Maria - - Parent

That's how I feel about coffee and beer. ;)
Olives, however, I have liked since I was a kid. At least the green ones. Now I also like black olives. (Then of course there are those cheap fake-black olives that some people put on pizzas and in salads... Those are not good.)

Orinoco - - Parent

I too love olives, especially stuffed with a whole garlic clove or feta. I used to not like them but then I found out it was because I had first tasted the awful fake black ones first.

I also don't understand why people push through the disgust barrier for coffee, & cigarettes! Why on earth does anyone go through the effort required to get addicted to nicotine?!

Look what you've started Kyle!

Danny Colyer - - Parent

I wouldn't have thought coffee was an acquired taste. I loved it the first moment I tried it, anyway.

As I've got older I've found that I like it more bitter. I now have no sugar and only a splash of milk. I can no longer drink instant coffee because, even without sugar, it tastes too sweet.

Beers are hugely variable. When I was a kid I was happy enough with manufactured lager. My first pint of bitter at the age of 19 was a revelation. That was the day I stopped drinking lager.

pumpkineater23 - - Parent

I always loved boiled eggs and hated olives and then all of a sudden I loved olives and hated boiled eggs. It's almost as if some connection in my brain got them mixed up or something.

Kyle C - - Parent

Hahaha didn’t mean to start an olive war! :P

Daniel Simu - - Parent

I'm with you on coffee and beer! Although I guess I did try to like beer, I was glad to give it up and not look back...

Cedric Lackpot - - Parent

Bloody heretics the lot of you. Except Maria. Come the revolution, Maria gets to live.

Kyle C - - Parent

I’d say that for me at least, "not TOO serious" means I want to keep having fun with juggling, and not become obsessed with being really good or getting certain tricks just because I feel they’re "necessary." I don’t think that’s going to happen, but I still sometimes like to say it just to remind myself. That’s not to say I don’t want to get better or achieve high goals, just that I'm to make sure I don't lose sight of what’s important to me.

Monte - - Parent

Olives are like people, some are a lot nicer than others.
ps colour has nothing to do with it.

Cedric Lackpot -

Does anybody remember the collaborative linked video mashups from recdot days? 'Cos this totally reminded me of that.

Disclaimer: Nope, not juggling, bite me.

https://youtu.be/SpnQXSyfbXA

The Void - - Parent

You mean the juggletweens? Yeah, they were fun. They inspired a kendama-tween too.
http://juggling.tv/1836
http://juggling.tv/1835
http://juggling.tv/15343

The stuntman one was a good laugh.

Tom Derrick - - Parent

Synergy was the one I remember best from that time: https://youtu.be/4FvpnSjmomE

Johnathan Mundell -

If you like my videos( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRHkDMJtN3DHwk4y-zX_Qsw)and are able to please support me on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/JacktheJuggler

Johnathan Mundell - - Parent

Thanks

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