I'm trying to hunt down a juggling club I used to attend in Corby/Kettering, England. This was maybe 4 years ago. I also remember the venue changed, so I don't know where or when they meet now, if they even meet at all anymore.
I had given up looking but at Lestival I saw the person who used to run it! Unfortunately since it's been years since I'd seen him, it wasn't until after I left that I realised why I recognised him. I also can't remember his name. He might have brought one of the tightropes, because I remember the club had one.
Thank you for your time!
Both the tightwires are mine, and although I may well be stupid I'm not daft enough to come from Corby ;-)
... but perhaps you are thinking of Steve the Juggler? He's from that way I think.
https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/monday-march-31-1-944381/amp Lists “Corby: Circus skills with Balls Up Juggling Club at Connaught Centre, 7.30pm-9.30pm”
The Connaught Centre appears to have closed in 2013 though https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/connaughty-centre-in-corby-to-close-after-45-years-1-5680781/amp
Facebook seems to suggest they moved venue though, and are still active https://m.facebook.com/pg/ballsupjugglingclub/events/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=0
Last night Tunbridge Wells Juggling Club had a gathering in a new cheaper hall. 8 turned up including Rory an old member who hasn't been along for nearly 20 years.
A good time was had by all despite difficulty finding somewhere to park due to being in a residential area.
The hall has been booked again for 10th June.
Are there any things, tricks, manipulations, trick throws, anything, that you only do or attempt very briefly, once-twice-three times per session at most, like just to check, to take a chance on, or for mere distraction, or when you feel like it naturally imposes, or you feel you could get it that moment ?
Like for me this is ..
* (when I do 7 b cascade) - flickup into 7b reverse triplexes,
* (anytime) - attempt on heel-kick: flick up a ball from on my foot past that leg behind me in a low bow into heel-kick. gotten it like one in ten-twenty times to land ahead of me in a nice huge bow over myself,
* When picking up a ball, I used to throw it up behind me with outstretched arm in still bend posture, hoping it would fly over me and land ahead when \ until I'd stand straight again.
Or like: I guess, flourishes, for clubjugglers, are a 'runner' in that sense.
Hi all - The Circus Place is a circus arts school catering to youth and adults of all abilities! We provide high-quality circus skills training in juggling, aerial arts, and equilibrations (balancing arts), as well as offer fitness classes, youth troupes, and adaptive circus arts programming. Circus Place is a unique learning environment where students and teachers are all collaborators. We believe in empowering young people through exploration and creative play. Our aim is to build skills while encouraging trust and community in the true spirit of circus!
Hope to see some new faces soon! Our summer schedule will be updated shortly!
We hope to be having an event for World Juggling Day - so i'll get that event listed once we are firm on the timing...
Are there not enough old fogies?
Today I came onto juggling edge for the first time since 31/1/19. I had 280 unread messages. This suggests that there aren't enough people doing the stuff that made juggling edge (and before that rec.juggling) an interesting place to hang out. My excuse is that I've had to turn my energies elsewhere for a lot of the time.
As many of you will know I organise Concrete Circus, which from September to February this year was a circus school teaching around 17 public classes a week (as well as private sessions). In February I learned that despite appeals made by the arts charity that runs the space where we were running these sessions, Milton Keynes Council Building Control didn't think the space was acceptable for public use (and yes I know we ran a juggling convention there in November and it worked ok). Therefore I've spent the last few months runiing half the number of classes and trying to find other sources of work. Not that easy as I'm sure some of the professional jugglers on here will tell you. Now I've hit the summer and more work is appearing I should be a more frequent visitor.
In the spirit of old fogeyness I have a question.
In 1992 I attended a juggling convention somewhere around London. It was held outside with a small marquee it case of rain (a marquee that would never have held the numbers who attended). This was the first juggling convention I remember attending and much of what I remember of the convention is somewhat faded with time. I remember during the juggling games one of the games was blind juggling and someone managed for over a minute juggling clubs but not much else. I've listed myself as attending a convention that year but I have no idea if it is the right one. Who might remember this convention?
I don't know which your convention was, but have you checked old event listings in The Catch or Kaskade?
Meanwhile, in July (pretty sure) 1992, I went to my first convention, in Weymouth. I can't find it listed in the magazines. I remember it as being called a "juggling and model village convention" (yes, a somewhat abstract pairing), but recently I saw Silver's Model Circus mentioned online ( https://silversmodelcircus.com/ ), and I think that maybe it was that which was the model component. Anyone remember that one, or specifically the event name or dates? Guy Heathcote did street shows, Steve Rawlings was in the public show.
Yes, I was there (at least partly...) and remember a few details. The convention was one of several, in Weymouth, that had been organized by a guy called Bob Townsend. Bob, and his family, ran a visitor attraction called Silverlands in Chudleigh, Devon. He also operated as an entertainments agent and, I think, there was also a business supplying animated models for Xmas grottos and suchlike. I suspect that many Devon-based acts, that were around at the time, will have known him, if not worked for him. As the article mentions, they had the model circus at Silverlands, with Bob often taking on the role of ringmaster, both at the attraction and elsewhere.
As part of his ‘agent’ work, Bob obviously had contacts in Weymouth - I remember being booked into a place called Brewer’s Quay on multiple occasions. Thus, he had the means to organize juggling events there, too, which happened several times. I think at least one of these events was branded as ‘Juggling Olympics’, or something similar to that, with the big event being the games (pretty much like any other convention games, it with a lot of very random prizes). On one occasion, I remember taking a lot of unexpected stuff home, as between myself and Rut, my then street show partner, we won just about everything going.
The event remembered by Void was likely the last of these events. Unlike the others before it, it finished up with a full theatre show, with Steve Rawlings being the headline act. Rather curiously, on that occasion, I was booked to appear on the day, but in a different location from everyone else (perhaps back in Brewer’s Quay). Perhaps he wanted to give others a chance at winning the prizes, LOL! Thus, as far as I can recall, I saw little of the event on that day and only saw the latter half of the show.
BTW, I’m pretty sure Bob once held a juggling convention/gathering at Silverlands, too. I remember him mentioning it, but I think the event would have been before we met. Perhaps there are some other jugglers that would remember that?
Hope this gives at least a little context to it. I’m sure some others, more local to Devon, who would know a lot more.
Excellent info, Guy, thanks very much. I'd been juggling for about two weeks when I went to this one, so it was great seeing all the astounding stuff that everyone was doing. I even remember some fellow getting decent runs of 3-low diabolos in the camp site, if you can believe it. :-)
Issue 1 of The Catch was September 1992, so it misses much of that year. But there is a Horsham convention listed in October.
It could well have been that one Richard. Unfortunately my memory of this is a little hazy. I went by train and with somebody who knew where they were going and I just followed along.
I've managed to get swept along to a few different things over the years and generally can't remember the reason I was there. For example I can remember watching/being an audience volunteer at a soho busking festival which had a reasonably large number of acts and about 7 in the audience.
Lestival 2019 – Show Review
I had a lot of fun during the day getting involved in various workshops and silly passing patterns. The café provided good sustenance during the day (in the form of a cheese and pickle sandwich for Jenni and I). We went for a curry before the show and had the whole restaurant to ourselves, everyone else had gone to the chippy presumerably…
It looked like the show was about to begin but it actually turned into a query as to whether anyone in the audience might have a spare hat that could be used for the raffle. There followed an awkwardly quiet spell where some more raffle tickets were sold but no one felt comfortable speaking at full volume. It was the most respectful / sombre raffle ticket purchasing I have ever seen.
Finally, Mark Watson introduced himself as compere and got the evenings entertainments off to an excellent start. I was very impressed with how quickly and efficiently he killed off all the wannabee ducks in the audience, it was masterful. He opened up with a card trick which turned into some accountancy, it was very well received.
Cal Lawrie opened the show with a diabolo routine in the theme of ‘The Greatest Showman’. Great costume, excellent use of the hat, very show manny with lots of poses. I liked it a lot (it was Jenni’s favourite act and she isn’t normally into diabolo) it was just a shame some of the tricks didn’t come off, the curse of the stage. The music needed to be louder.
Mark tore a newspaper up on stage except that he didn’t really, lots of people were struggling with this but I thought he explained it thoroughly. He even said ‘I don’t ever really tear the newspaper’. It’s there in black and white.
Cai Lear performed his classic mix of shaker cups and balls. I was busy writing negatively about his headphones when he removed them and the music cut out. A clever mechanism for a music change, I enjoyed that a lot! The act is full of really hard but interesting patterns and tricks, made the better for the white silicone balls so you can at least try to follow their flight paths.
Callum Baker performed his new solo hoop juggling routine. I loved the slick costume. Jamie suggested a cummerbund and Jenni suggested gelled hair to finish the look. Callum looks ever so comfortable on stage, lots of audience interaction and applause points. The tricks are looking good and the choreography makes it a varied and interesting routine. I enjoyed it a lot.
There followed an interval. I would have preferred to have done the raffle before the show and then blasted through the show with fast paced high energy. The raffle was drawn from a box rather than the hat which had been procured earlier and it felt like all the tickets were yellow. Horny the Unicorn was considered by many to be the top prize. The Manchester Juggling Convention crew won their own free pass to the convention twice in a row.
Mark got out his handcuffs in the second half of the show and called up a couple of volunteers to padlock him. It was a shame that the lower section of stage had not been built up. I couldn’t see everything Mark was doing as it was at floor level with floor level seating. I agree that it might not have worked well if it had been performed on the main stage as there was such a gulf between the stage and the first rows of seating. It was still entertaining, but I would have liked a better view.
Claire Stephens-Davies performed her Hula Hoop routine. I am a fan of this routine, I like that its punky/rocky and has attitude, the tricks are good, it flows really nicely and there is a lot of audience interaction and posing in the first section. When the second hoop comes out some of the interaction is lost (the tricks are hard) so I would love to see a couple more poses/looks at the audience during this section. Great routine, banging tricks.
Dave Kelly was asked on the day if he would perform so I forgave him the brown T-shirt and brown balls combination. It is always quite tricky to see exactly what is going on with Dave’s tricks anyway, I feel that we should all club together and buy him some nice white beanbags so that we can better appreciate the ludicrousness. He proceeded to do some very silly things with tennis rackets mixed with ball juggling. I giggled quite a lot when he was starting the 5 ball pattern (on 2x rackets held in the hands) as he has a ridiculous multiplex start (which works most times!) to begin the pattern. It was fun.
Mark chose this moment to give out the thank you’s for the convention. I strongly approve this decision.
Daniel Simu closed the show with his ball juggling routine. Again, I was a little sad that he performed the first section at floor level as we didn’t get a good view, but again I understand the decision process. The juggling section of the act was performed on the main stage and was very nicely done. My Mum remarked that it was the best routine set to the music that she had seen. Strong close for the show.
The final bows were well rehearsed and smoothly done although some of the acts did look like they just wanted to get it over with. Cheers up guys, its nearly over!
I had another fun year at Lestival, I’d love to know what everyone else did during the day. 😊
Nice review Jon, cheers. I mostly played kendama, with added chatting to friends, Bungay flier distributing, (Hey everyone, come to Bungay!) running my crossword workshop for the first time, eating chips, and chatting to friends some more. Had a good time, thanks to #LestivalXII organisers!
Thanks, Jon's mum!
And yeah, a not ideal stage leads to not ideal choices. Thanks for coming to watch!
Thought of the Day
One good thing 'bout skills is, once you have 'em, you have 'em.
No one will come upto you and say: "Hey! But look. It took me 8 weeks and a half to qualify, while you spent 59 years getting 2 more catches with 9b."
> once you have 'em, you have 'em.
I'm not sure that's true. There are definitely skills I used to have that I don't have any more.
Yep, there lots of things that I used to be able to do that I am no longer able to pull off.
No one will come upto you and say: "Hey! But look. It took me 8 weeks and a half to qualify, while you spent 59 years getting 2 more catches with 9b."
A few years ago I'm sure there was a spate of posts on one of the Facebook groups that went generally along the lines of, "I'm X years old & I can do Y. Am I the youngest ever?" They would then be educated about Anthony Gatto & never post again.
I had a look my club juggling records on the Edge past week, had only updated my 5c cascade all the others were from 2010. While it was easy to crush my 534 and in a few minutes I got my 3c with balance too, I couldn't even get close to my 3c slapbacks... I guess that's a skill I had in 2010 that I definitely don't have any more :(
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