https://www.wired.com/story/the-physicsand-physicalityof-extreme-juggling/ - links to the Edge. The video is nice, too.
Nice. I wouldn't like to question Alex Barron's abilities, but I wonder if that 25 near the end was meant to be a 15? Perhaps not, I dunno!
Jack Kalvan's original paper stated the average was 16 & the highest was 24 so Alex's 25 seems legit.
I actually misquoted myself in my post that's linked to in the article. The original quote in the IJDB article is "Finally, Peter agrees with Ben Beever in his belief that someone will flash 14 balls someday but not 15."
I've always been careful to not say that I think that 15 is impossible, but made one lapse which happens to have been picked up in the Wired article.
I have nothing to lose - I can say it, so here we go:
15 balls is im-poss-si-ble.
sounds like a prophecy... haha
but I think mankind has an ability to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles... regardless of the price to itself, others, the earth, etc...
so, one day, what was impossible, is not anymore :)
Perhaps many 'impossibilities' are overcome able, if the incentive is high enough... With the amount of money and organization that goes into football, I'm sure jugglers could reach an unimaginably high skill level. But is it likely that juggling will ever be that high on the list for future societies?
I suppose that's the bottleneck, people don't care enough.. I recon any young person who really wants to can learn to flash 11 balls, yet only a couple dozen people have done so..
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