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el_grimley -

No juggling for me for a while for one reason or another so I've just downloaded the kendama app. I think it's excellent. I am particularly enjoying the videos of everyone in their yoof.

The Void - - Parent

Ha, time flies. Glad to raise a smile, hope it instructs as well.

John R -

Article on circus for general fitness last weekend. I don’t think the author came away very enthusiastic for going back a second time, but it’s nice to see the national centre get a plug:

While I’m here, anyone know who teaches at Little Stars circus in Chelmsford? Not particularly important, but my mum’s partner’s grandchild (fn) is having a fun time learning and performing there so I vaguely wonder if I know any others in the group.

fn: Not my most convoluted relation: my stepmother’s stepfather is still alive and hale! But as far as I know he’s not into circus. He does cut a rug with the local widows though...

Orinoco - - Parent

I like how juggling gets all of one sentence!:

Juggling, on the other hand, is a foreign country.

Doesn't sound like she was particularly interested!

There are some pictures of the tutors on the Little Stars' website:

magicalmarkwatson -

Dube Juggling Knives - where to buy? Still manufactured/for sale?

Hi all,

Hoping you can help me. I’m currently in the market to buy a set of Dube juggling knives. I’ve tried emailing Dube direct to arrange postage to the UK, but have heard nothing through that or their Facebook page. Is Dube still operating?

Are there any other stores that have these in stock?

On a side note, if anyone has some Dube knives for sale, I’m very interested...

Best wishes,


pumpkineater23 - - Parent

Oddballs sell them. Not sure if they're good ones as I've never bought/tried juggling knives.

pumpkineater23 - - Parent

... Don't think they're Dube.

LizzyPeat - - Parent

I think Jamie has some- how many were you after and I'll ask...

LizzyPeat -

Southampton Convention Saturday 2nd Nov 2019 – A Review, by Lizzy Peat

Following Jenni's excellent example with her Camvention review, I thought I'd better help 'share the load' and do a review of my own. An easy one, as this convention only lasted from Midday till 6pm...what could possibly happen in that time?

Morning dawned blustery and rainy. Jamie bribed me to get up by him making me tea and toast with chocolate spread. He then drove me to the venue in the 'yellow wind' as featured on the met office website. Jamie was upset to find we had left so late, so I worked out how to adjust the car clock using the manual until he felt better. Lots of branches down- we were particularly impressed with the edge of Southampton common where people park their cars. Some near misses of some seriously heavy oak branches. We tried to get in the wrong entrance first and Jamie made a heroic three point turn in an unfamiliar car. Eventually we followed some karate kids to the correct entrance and the nice lady at the reception desk pointed out the sports hall on her map.

We followed the inconspicuous laminated sign trail till we found Roy putting them up, and then the gang loitering by the hall door. As they already had sticker passes sorted out, I took our backup lego sticker book and helped make the signs more eye catching on the way back to the car. Jamie and I then put out his 'juggling' sandwich boards on the road to reduce confusion and we dragged our stuff into the hall. After a touch of snake-boarding we went to find some lunch.

We trogged to the hawthorns centre at the South end of the common (which is supposed to be an SSSI but looks like any other mown amenity parkland), good tea- nicely pouring metal tea pot, but no extra water. I ordered lasagne, however it was actually coldish tinned vegetable soup poured over something made out of sheets of solidified custard. EW EW EW EW Ew. Jamie tucked in and I ate Jamie's lunch of egg sandwiches instead while watching a young rat scampering in the rain, to the sound of some Italian woman singing about something very dramatic over the speakers. We then trailed back to the school in the driving rain. Not a great experience.

However back at the sports hall, things quickly cheered up- we met up with some fellow Newbury Juggling Clubbers and caught up with their news. Then we discussed how it felt slightly dark in the hall until you tried looking up into the bright overhead lights, so not sure what dark magic was stopping the light reaching the ground. Weird. Slytherin Jenni would know. The legendary Guy Heathcote then opened the convention with a speech and a ribbon cutting which we all enjoyed very much, the sound system worked very well. Much clapping was had.

Then I noticed Simon had brought his home-made bike with off centre wheels- my favourite thing! Thank goodness the hall wasn't too crowded so I could have a good go. I had to dodge a very exciting bouncy springboard inflatable rampy thing brought by Joel, constantly covered in children and people throwing themselves about. There was also an aerial hoop, not sure I saw this unused, and a tightrope too. We also did some passing, accompanied by Guy Heathcote who serenaded us all on his squeeze box, then we played marakesh with Jae (who completely beat us) until we were interrupted by the games. Jamie would have won me some biscuits in the 5 ball endurance if Freddie hadn't recognised him and poked him with a club. Alex did a great job of hosting the games, we especially liked Simon upholding Southampton Juggling Club's honour by winning the unicycle gladiators against a smaller person. I'd not seen the 'throw the hat onto your partner who is the furthest away' game, which Roy won with style. (Is there a better name for this? Anyway)

The day culminated in a 'glow jam' where the main lights were turned off and everyone spun coloured glow things in the dark- this was lovely to watch for a short while and a nice end to the day. Glad we had enough warning to get our hands on our stuff first, else leaving might have been harder.

We then drove home to fish and chips and looking up Aquaponics (at Martin's recommendation) on u-tube. ooOOOoooo.

A good value day out for £10, and I understand they had 57 people, not bad for a half dayer. See you next year?

JonPeat - - Parent

Fabulous review, I enjoyed it immensly! :-D

Dee - - Parent

Thanks for the review Lizzy - the weather turned me away from the prospect of the drive from Bristol, but it is tempting for next year.

Mïark - - Parent

I think more juggling conventions should have ceremonial openings by juggling legends. Were there many who had been to the 1st Southampton Juggling Convention, 25 years ago, there?

Mïark - - Parent

and a hashtag (because I think they might one day work again) #SouthamptonJugglingConvention2019

Johnathan Mundell -

Does anyone know who is the youngest to flash 8 rings?
I need the age as well.

Orinoco - - Parent

Probably Anthony Gatto, he was 16 when he set the current world record for 8 rings in 1989 (which still stands today).

Here is a solid run of 8 in performance at age 13:

We know that Anthony performed well within the limits of his considerable ability, so it's a fair assumption that he learnt to juggle 8 rings much earlier.

Johnathan Mundell - - Parent


Johnathan Mundell -

Does anyone have tips for 7 ball running? My best is 16 catches but my average is only around 6 catches. Thanks!

7b_wizard - - Parent

Oh yeah, getting over flashing is a thing on its own ..

I'd say, first of all, to guide you any further, it'd be helpful to know, if you either launch in a crescendo way starting with lower throws then slightly higher and higher to get on height, or elseif you throw the right height (that you think) fro first ball on and stay ononly that height, orelse if you do one or two first slow starting throwss and only at the right moment join in with the rest of the balls.

Having gotten upto over a qualify already, you know how it then feels much different, when you can do throws 7, 8, 9, a.s.o. with then empty hands and with caught not held-in-hands balls anymore. Only that then is where your hands will be doing same alternating throws and where the balls can roll in their hopefully viable pattern.

I mean, a change is what you need now, a change from mainly flashing into drops and 99% into "not a viable pattern" towards such a viable pattern with good ratioes ( height per beat & vice versa, & handspeed ) thus in a good comfortable(!?) rhythm, without hasting or pumping too much, that is, where you have milliseconds enough to aim every single ball well.

So, I'd say, go for those rethrows and get them as many and as often as can ( risking even drops and going on in a good rhythm if there is, also after a drop with remaining 6 balls ) and focus on seizing such well-aimed and well-timed rethrows into keeping going like that.

Focus on the top of the pattern and feed that top well.

Throw more from inside near the middle to avoid collisions if you pattern is too narrow or your handscoop too little and you'r getting collisions a lot.

Many things are there to tune how you're doing or to find into such a viable pattern .. throwing angles, .. wristyness, .. dwelltime, .. pattern's width, .. keeping the frontplane near enough, .. straight posture with \ without bent knees, .. elbows near hips, .. low \ high crossing point, ..

In its right rhythm, well-aimed and well-timed, rolling the pattern will (all of a sudden) feel much easier, .. so, whenever you're needing huge effort or lotsa fidgeting all over the place, there's still sth wrong, so (also a lot:) seek that right easy rhythmic pattern, that metronomic simplicity of being snapped-in in the right ratioes, rather than trying to get it by (instead of only) forcing.

7b_wizard - - Parent

[ sry for the typoes, currently got bad keys]

Johnathan Mundell - - Parent

I have been going too narrow(the opposite of when i learned 5)but my arms still have a lot of growing left.
The height i can't really change as my ceiling is maybe 8-10 ft tall at the highest but i will have gym access once a month this winter.
When i watch the video of my qualify i can't believe how fast my hands are going!
Thanks a lot!

7b_wizard - - Parent

Aah, that's good, that you got that run on video, so you can anytime when you seem stuck watch to remember which way to go.

I say, such a run (with good handspeed) very much comes with a very good pattern, especially perfectly well-aimed balls landing pretty much exactly where you expect them, where catchhand awaits them, thus near to fully automized catching with all your focus free to focus on throwing and aiming the throws well. A question of right rhythm, aiming and timing, rather than of effort, overtension, force and muscles. The 'finished' pattern should be soft, smooth, nimble, and that's what's also always worth going for. Maybe also synching your mindspeed - if that makes sense or if one can manage - to such a pattern's rhythm does a good deal in getting it.

Johnathan Mundell - - Parent

well it wasn't that run but i have 2 15 catch runs on my youtube channel:

Johnathan Mundell - - Parent

19 catches (correct me if i'm wrong)

Melvin Moon -

Hi. I am new here. I juggle mostly in my wheelchair. I am also quite new to the juggling lingo. A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine challenged me to take a juggling record in my wheelchair, he came up with some difficult ideas and I said "no way", but I have done it now. 2 ball in one hand while I balance on two wheels of the wheelchair, if balance is lost and I might fall backwards and if so I could injure the head really bad, so it is risky! I am currently working on the 5 ball cascade qualification, 3 balls reversed Mills mess and alternate between synch and asynchronous 4 balls fontaine. I have plans for attending the Swedish juggling convention and EJC next year. I use Instagram with the username wheelchair.juggling.

Maria - - Parent

Hi Melvin!

The Void - - Parent

Hi Melvin,
Welcome aboard. The two-in-one hand with a wheelie sounds neat. Well done.

Orinoco - - Parent

Welcome Melvin.

I just added a 'while balanced in a wheelchair' modifier to the records section which you can use to define your own tricks in the records section, & I've fixed the system to allow Instagram videos too.

That's impressive stuff. I've only seen one other wheelchair juggler at a juggling festival who was balancing on 2 wheels while balancing a club on their chin which must've required some crazy core strength!

Melvin Moon - - Parent

Yay! Thanks you so much Jon for the options!

That sounds cool double balance. It requires good control of core strength!

Johnathan Mundell - - Parent

Hi Melvin

Jamie - - Parent


Daniel Simu - - Parent

I met a wheelchair juggler for the first time only last weekend at a convention. I was very frustrated as her front wheels moved sideways a lot on every toss, so a lot of energy gets wasted moving yourself around rather than your props. I mentioned this to her and she acknowledged the difficulty, but got fed up with having to lock/unlock her brakes every time she dropped...
Glad to see in your videos that your wheelchair is kinda stable, as long as you're with 4 wheels on the ground of course ;)

Good luck setting records!

Retiro Malabarístico -


I would like to invite everyone to participate of the 5th Retiro Malabarístico in Brazil (Juggling Retreat). It will happen from April 17 to 21, 2020, in the city of Descalvado, in a farm in this small city in the interior of the state of São Paulo.

The Retreat aims to offer days with workshops, circus and theatrical performances and shows, shows of bands with Brazilian rhythms and exchange of experiences between participants.

This is already our fifth edition and will be the largest ever. The place where it will happen has an area of ​​over 20 thousand square meters, camping with trees, leisure area with swimming pool, area where the big tops will be set up and all food is included (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

In the last edition, we had participants - besides Brazil, of course - from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.

We are open to proposals of shows and workshops that want to come to participate in the 5 days of the event and present the spectacle or show and / or offer workshops! Just send your proposal, photos, and your fees/payment proposal to e-mail:
We can negotiate presentations and workshops in other places (and other conventions), if the participant wants to stay longer in Brazil!

To learn more about the Retreat, view previous photos and purchase your passport (ticket) to next edition, you can visit our official website: (in Portuguese)

And our social media:
instagram: @retiromalabaristico

Whatsapp +5519982933552 (Guilherme - producer / retreat organizer)

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