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barnesy -

Circus Club Almere

Hi all, Just a quick ad for our new workshop here in Almere in the Netherlands. https://jugglingedge.com/club.php?ClubID=1838

We've got a great space for it. Hoping to get some local interest!

#CircusClubAlmere

Daniel Simu - - Parent

Nice to see there is some juggling going on in this EJcity!

david - - Parent

I think that would be written IJ city in engels :)

Cedric Lackpot -

If you like whips and physics as much as I do, this might be the best ten minutes of your day.

Found in this thread at the very lovely /r/shockwaveporn.

https://youtu.be/AnaASTBn_K4

There's a load of the usual like and subscribe bullshit at the end, but the rest is totes ossum. Enjoy.

Mike Moore - - Parent

Always nice when worlds collide!

I was a bit surprised that they'd originally thought that the fastest point was going to be at the end. My guess is that intuitively, they were thinking about acceleration (or jerk) causing the sound, even though theoretically they knew it was all about speed.

Daniel Simu - - Parent

What do you mean? The 'fastest point' does not equal 'the point that creates the sound'.

Mike Moore - - Parent

Doesn't it? Isn't it the point where it breaks the sound barrier?

Daniel Simu - - Parent

If the speed of sound is reached before the end of the strand, wouldn't you imagine the rest of the whip to keep on speeding up afterwards?
I watched back the video, and this idea of mine is can not be seen at all. Maybe the acceleration should take place but it is disturbed by the shock wave, or maybe something else is going on, I don't know much about physics to be honest. They haven't figured what happens to the tip in the last bit either (8:09 in the video)....

Mike Moore - - Parent

No, I wouldn't imagine the whip would maintain the very speed (or accelerate) into the full extension. I the tip hits its max speed after the whip has a toboggan shape and before it gets to a Chinese spoon angle (I see it as hitting its max speed close to, maybe just slightly after, a Nike smoosh).

The whip appeared to only be going over the speed of sound for a very brief period of time. Sure, its max speed and point at which it breaks the speed of sound could be slightly different, but neither appear close to the full extension of the whip.

It's only using the 3D modelling that they couldn't see what was going on at the end of the whip. The (very) high speed camera using the Schlieren method seemed to capture it well.

Mike Moore - - Parent

You got me curious and I looked up the two paper references in the video because I figured they'd have an equation for the speed. Better, they have a nice diagram. Looks like the toboggan angle is actually the winner!
https://imgur.com/a/xsT3Gxd

From the Arizona people: http://www.e-kaczor.net/keiko/whip.pdf

david - - Parent

I don’t know if the authors have or haven’t mentioned this but here is an older link to whip wave modelling
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167278903002215

Scott Seltzer -

How to Build a Claude Shannon Juggling Machine - video and instructions here: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-a-Claude-Shannon-Juggling-Machine/

Building is not my thing, but it was still interesting to watch and hear about his learning process and how he experimented and adjusted to make the corrections needed to get it reliable.

Stephen Meschke - - Parent

I built a Claude Shannon Juggling Machine. Instead of using physical objects, I built this machine virtually. This physics simulation is written in Python 3. The UI and some of the functions use the computer vision software library OpenCV. Like Scott said in the original post, the fun of this device is not in building it. The interesting part is tuning the device so that it juggles.

This program is object-oriented. The balls are the objects. Each ball object has two attributes, (1) a tuple to describe the ball's (x,y) coordinates, and (2) a tuple to describe the ball's velocity vector (speed and direction).

Several functions allow the ball to interact with the environment. These functions move the ball, apply gravity, bounce the ball off an object, etc... In the main loop of the program, all of these functions are called on the balls to produce juggling.

The machine is tuned by adjusting the parameters. The parameters are defined before running the program, or changed during runtime using the keyboard. The most important parameters are speed and rotation. Each number of balls requires a specific combination of speed and rotation to juggle. This graph shows the combinations of speed and rotation that work for 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 balls.

To find these values, I tuned the machine during runtime. It was tedious to tune the machine, and I am searching for a way to mathematically derive the parameters that will produce juggling for n number of balls. Is there a formula that relates the number of balls and the combination of speed and rotation?

Please try this out for yourself: Link to Code on Github

Video: Link to video on juggling.tv

Link to Gifs: Gifs on Imgur

Kelhoon - - Parent

sounds like a job for linear regression

Stephen Meschke - - Parent

I can use linear regression to predict values that will work for 13 balls, using the known solutions for 3,5,7,9, and 11 balls. I'd like a way to compute a solution for n-number of balls that does not involve using experimental data.

david - - Parent

Very nice simulation, thanks for sharing it.

I did some simple spreadsheeting on your results. While the speed and rotation are roughly linearly related (R2 = 0.98) the speed is better correlated with the log of the number of balls (R2 = 0.99 for a log fit and 0.93 for a linear fit).

It might be that you could get better correlations by slightly adjusting your speed and rotation estimates. How do you decide what are the best parameters for each number of balls? Can you get it to juggle for all the different balls with a forced perfect linear relationship between speed and rotation?

I didn’t see any reference to masses in your code. I think that implies the paddle and the floor effectively have infinite mass and don’t move due to the balls hitting them. It might be simpler to see the underlying physics if the collisions were perfectly elastic. It could help me to know the units of time, distance and gravity to try to relate it to Newtonian physics.

Stephen Meschke - - Parent

Thank you.

I found these parameters by trial and error. The program allows me to adjust the parameters during runtime. I ran the program and manually adjusted the parameters until the machine achieved juggling. The parameters that I found are not optimal, but the best that I could do. Tuning this machine is difficult because changing one variable effects the whole system.

The machine will juggle if the parameters are in the correct range. For example, the optimum speed for 5 balls is 0.0148, but all values between 0.014 and 0.016 are valid for juggling. The ball will hit the middle of the paddle when the parameters are optimized.

There are no masses in my code, which by the way is not quite an accurate physics simulation. Here is some more info about the units:

  • Time: The time is based of the total rotation and the motor speed. For five ball juggling, the total rotation is 1.004 (0.502 radians * 2 - up and down). The motor speed is 0.0148 radians/tick. That means the period of the paddle is 1.004 / 0.0148 = 67.8 ticks.
  • Distance: Everything is in pixels. The paddles are 660 pixels apart.
  • Gravity: The gravity is a constant 0.069. To make the gravity affect the balls, I add the ball's velocity vector with the gravity vector: angle, speed = addVectors((angle, speed), gravity_vector)

When the balls bounce off the floor, they return with 75% of the energy. This makes juggling easier. Because the balls loose energy in the bounce, they can be thrown at the top of the stroke and caught at the bottom of the stroke. This helps avoid collisions.

When the balls are released from the paddle, they are released with the same velocity vector as the nearest part of the paddle.

Adam Hellman -

Hello,
Is there another website that has lists juggling festivals? I can't drive yet and I am in high school so my time frame of when I can go is very limited.On top of that I need to get their and back so that limits the time more and the distance away it is. I need a festival preferably in the summer in ohio or very close to Ohio. I hope that their is another website that has more festivals on it because I really want to try passing also trying other props and meeting other jugglers.
If you know of any festivals or websites please let me know.
Thanks In advance

david - - Parent

Hello Adam,

I suggest you contact rhe juggling club nearest to you and see if they can help. Many festivals don’t advertise so far in the future.

https://www.jugglingedge.com/clubmap.php?Location=ohio

Mike Moore - - Parent

Hi Adam,

You're in luck! One of the biggest festivals in North America, the International Jugglers' Association Fest, is in Fort Wayne Indiana next year (2019). It runs from June 24-30th.

I'm not sure about your transportation preferences (bus, train, carpooling, etc.), but there are normally jugglers who are happy to carpool with people en route.

Adam Hellman - - Parent

Thanks I will look into it

TreePine -

good house hold items to use for juggling can't be outdoor stuff i.e. apples or foods (I started juggling with socks then tried apples in the backyard and a bunch of weird stuff and am looking for good things to juggle with must be heavier than socks as I am now not used to socks it's weird, I tried 250ml bottles but the weird plastic part chipped my nails and caused me to bleed so I gave up on that!)

david - - Parent

discarded tennis balls - one cm slit in the sesm line - add riice, beans, whatever to get a weight you like. No tennis balls - wrap the rice in a small plastic bag and put that in the socks

david - - Parent

seam line

charlieh - - Parent

If you can find some balloons these can be used to make pretty durable juggling balls. Weigh out 100 grams or so of rice, birdseed or something similar, put it into a small plastic bag and tie it off. Cut off the neck of a balloon and push the filled plastic bag inside. Repeat with another balloon to cover the hole. If you're careful they can be made a very consistent weight and shape. Other ideas: sink plungers, squash/badminton/tennis racquets, Aerobies...if it flies, you can juggle it :)

Adam Hellman -

I think I am going to get some zeekio Pegasus juggling clubs.
what color should I get. Is one color better for the audience to see, is one easyier to see while juggling what would you say is the best crowd pleaser.
Thanks for the help

DavidCain - - Parent

Get some better clubs. The investment will be worth it.

Adam Hellman - - Parent

I just don't really want to much more money the pegusas is already pushing my buget. what brand would you recomend?

Daniel Simu - - Parent

Henry's or play, the only clubs really worth considering...

Daniel Simu - - Parent

When in doubt about color, pick white. When in doubt about type and your budget is limited, pick px3 from play. When in doubt and your budget is not limited get henrys pirouette...
Juggling is a cheap hobby, these clubs can last you over 10000 hours of practise!

Adam Hellman - - Parent

Both of those are out of my budget really I would prefer like $30 for all 3 of them so $40 for pegusas are already more then I would prefer

Stephen Meschke - - Parent

Have you considered buying used? I have a set of Beard Circus clubs for sale (USA).

If you are buying new I strongly suggest you spend a little more, there will be a big jump in quality. Higher quality clubs are much easier and comfortable to juggle.

lukeburrage - - Parent

The advice about getting better props is actually about making you a better juggler. Unlike, say, photography where an amateur won’t get anything good out of a more expensive camera compared to a cheaper one, with juggling equipment that isn’t the case.

For example, a cheap diabolo is with used string is frustrating to learn with, as you’ll spend most of your time struggling to control it, and the string will bind up and snag all the time. The best way to make someone give up diabolo is to buy them a cheap one as a gift.

With clubs, it’s quite similar. If you buy cheap clubs, without good quality handles and knobs and ends, you’re setting yourself up for uncomfortable frustration while learning. It means you’ll spend less time juggling the clubs, and just won’t improve very much and at any good rate.

If you can’t afford a set of three nice PX3 or Pirouettes now, I’d suggest saving for 6 months and then buying a set. They will last you years of *hard* practice. If you buy the cheap ones, not only will they not last, but you won’t want to put in the hard practice anyway, and in 6 months you won’t bother juggling clubs any more.

david - - Parent

You might like to build your own.

http://dev.juggle.org/ija/howto/green-club-project/

I have a set of these and they are fine for practice and performing solo. The major drawback is passing with other people who expect your clubs to be like theirs.

Orinoco -

Parsnips & Pancetta

We haven't had a good simple camping recipe for a while. I've been enjoying this quick & easy recipe at home for a while but hadn't had a chance to do it 'in the field' so to speak. It was a little bit fiddly peeling the parsnip with my small knife but nothing too taxing, I might have to add a proper peeler to my camping kit. If you want to keep it a one pan meal swapping out the pasta & adding chopped onion when you fry the pancetta also works well.

Ingredients

olive oil
pancetta
rosemary
parsnip (finely sliced)
pasta
butter (optional (not optional))


Boil the pasta in salted water, set aside.

Fry the pancetta with the rosemary in a splash of olive oil for 2 minutes.

Add the sliced parsnip, cook for 3 minutes or so until it has softened, stirring regularly.

Add the pasta & mix well. Stir in a knob of butter at this stage until melted if you've got it.

#recipe #camping

Little Paul - - Parent

Mmm... sounds nice. Might have to give that one a go not-in-a-field.

Seems like it could take a nice robust cheese on top as well... but then so do most things!

Squibly - - Parent

I don't know if it counts as a #recipe - but more people need to know about Toilet Paper Mackerel.

Get a tin of mackerel in oil
This can scorch the grass. Think about where you're putting the tin down.
Remove lid.
Take two pieces of *clean* toilet paper and fold over.
Place on top of the mackerel so that the oil soaks into the paper.
Light the corners.
About 15 minutes later the oil will all have been used up. Carefully peel the ashen wick off. Your Toilet Paper Mackerel is ready.

I eat it with red onion, avocado and bread.

david - - Parent

Great idea - thanks for sharing. I searched for a video and found several for tinned tuna. Here is one that used the fire to heat a can of beans. Onion and avocado sounds great too. https://youtu.be/NUZKB3zwPYY

Orinoco - - Parent

That is amazing!

Now that you've posted this I feel we suddenly need to put more effort into fire breaks at convention campsites!

david - - Parent

I just tried it, toilet paper tuna that is. My local Miami supermarket only had mackerel in water.

It went as advertised and was delicious, and I don't ordinarily like tinned tuna. It was warm and slightly smokey flavored.

Whilst watching the process I remembered "tin can cookery" from my youth. This link describes it, the flaming toilet paper tuna could replace what they call a burner. The flaming tuna/mackerel is similar to a sterno can.

It's Him -

For several years now I have been suggesting a juggling competition for older jugglers (my working name was BODGE-oty). If the BJC doesn't happen next year (or even if it does) then it might be good to have it at EJC. I'm working on the rules and would like some input from the civilized (and possibly older) community of JugglingEdge. Here are my starting ideas, please comment on them.

Rules:

1) The juggler entering must be in at least their 50th year.

2) The act must use equipment that is intrinsic to the performance rather than distracting from the performance e.g. glow props that obscure skill or lack thereof.

3) The act may not have been part of a professional performance or a juggling convention show within the last year.

4) The act must be suitable for a cabaret spot or juggling show.

5) Speaking acts may be no longer than 8 minutes and non-speaking acts 5 minutes.

Marking Structure:

The maximum score is 100 with marks being awarded in the following categories:

Presentation of artist (15): Does the costume suit the act? Are the props giving a professional image etc.

Characterisation (25): Does the performer maintain their character throughout the performance? Does the character fit with the rest of the act (music, props, clothing etc.)?

Technique (25): Is the performer technically proficient in their chosen skill? Is the routine clean? Do they handle drops well? Are any of the skills presented innovative?

Performance (35): Does the show fit together? Are the audience engaged?

If the performer over runs their allotted time they lose 1 mark every 3 seconds.

None of this is set in stone but all arguments against a particular rule or inclusion of a different rule should be supported with a relevant and coherent reasoned statement.

Some of the reasoning for the above:

Age limit. This had to be set at some point and I wanted it to be restrictive but not too restrictive. 50 seemed like an appropriate cut off as there are quite a few above that age at BJC.

Equipment. Circus is all about spectacle but juggling is not just about that and so I want the acts to demonstrate their skills.

Not performed recently. I want to see act development but from the perspective of experience. A regularly performed act is not a challenge but developing something different requires much more.

Suitability. I don't want to just see technical skill. Anyone who has been juggling long enough will have developed a whole set of technical skills but it is how they are applied that is more important.

Time Limit. A comedy or character act takes longer to develop than a straight performance to music but talking acts have a tendency to push the talking at the expense of the skills. The longer time than BYJOTY but with the penalty imposed for going over seems to me to help with both these aspects.

Marking. I want to see good, well thought out acts and pitched the scoring roughly in the area of how I look at an act and decide whether I would book them. These numbers can be tweaked.

Nigel

pumpkineater23 - - Parent

Not sure about your rules. All seems a bit old fashioned/out of touch. Why not just have an over 50s do-what-you-like?

Daniel Simu - - Parent

I'm also confused by the rules. I do not understand what 2) means, and why do talking acts get more time? Can one do a non talking act, say a word, and thereby extend his time for 3 minutes? What are the requirements to meet 4)? Isn't any act that is shorter than 8 minutes suitable for a juggling/cabaret show?

The things you don't want to see you can discourage with your scoring/judging, boring acts get less points. But it is hard to turn them away beforehand


The best way to find out if this is a good idea is to talk to 50+ jugglers until you have 3-5 willing participants!

It's Him - - Parent

2) Means that I don't want the act to be all about the technology rather than the skill. Whilst acts can incorporate technology (e.g. Eugenius Nil) I don't want the audience to be thinking about how well the programming matches the music or what pretty pictures the prop makes instead of what the performer is doing.

A talking act is one where the artist talks for a significant part of the act in a way that is consistent with the character portrayed in the act. I am aware that this takes longer to establish a rapport with the audience and therefore thought that the act needed more time. It should be the call of the judges whether the act is a talking act and the penalty clause is there if they think someone is just taking advantage.

4) Whilst an act that is under 8 minutes might be suitable for a cabaret show I know that many of the segments of my show that are under 8 minutes are not suitable because the are constructed for a different purpose (entertaining kids, re-enactment audiences etc). The act should be designed with the possibility of being performed on a stage with size and height restrictions.

Nigel

It's Him - - Parent

One of the things that has inspired me to start this competition is that I want more acts for Milton Keynes Juggling Convention. In general the type of act that is suitable for a convention isn't the same as what the majority of professional performers do. (which in my experience tends towards the 45 minute show, walkabout, workshop rather than cabaret).

In what way are the rules out of touch? (especially when we are talking about older jugglers) Is it because they are slightly prescriptive? Actually having some rules makes a show easier to construct.

Nigel

7b_wizard - - Parent

dunno ( I know little to nothing about performing, but am +50yo, so just my 2cts: ) .. why exclude the pros? ( rule "3)" ) .. sounds a bit rigid at first read, but on the other hand thought through rating-criteria. Or simply have a jury rate, at each jury-member's own criteria? .. age limit could maybe also be 45yo? ..

The idea sounds good, though, (why not also have that for e.g. minor 14-15yo?) but what would keep a senior, who meets all those rules and criteria, from taking part in any regular (``normal´´, non-senior) contests (too)?

7b_wizard - - Parent

.. and yet, .. as a counter example, .. what if a 60yo fellow shows up on stage and, in an open stage manner, just flashes 11 balls or qualifies 10, bends and walks offstage again getting tons of applause, .. would he be ``offending´´ that cabaret-or-juggling-show rule and not get any rating points after those criteria?

It's Him - - Parent

My original age criteria was 40 and then when I thought about it a bit more and when looking at the people who attended the BJC this year I thought that there may be too many entries if the bar was set that low. The number isn't that rigid just needs to be there.

The concept originated after watching British Young Juggler of the Year a few times and seeing many young acts put technical skills before performance. For those who don't attend the BYJOTY competition this is held annually at the British Juggling Convention and is open to anyone under 21 who is British. It has had falling numbers for the last two - three years but that is a reflection on the total number of people attending the convention.

I'm not trying to exclude the pros. I'm trying to get new acts from people or old acts that would need to be practised again. There has been a tendency at one day conventions in the UK to have the same few acts appear at most conventions (often with the same act at each show). I'd like to see a wider range available to convention show bookers (ok me but it will help others).

Nigel

lukeburrage - - Parent

If it is a judged competition with ten acts and three judges, the only people happy at the end are the people who won and the two judges who out-voted the third.

It's Him - - Parent

A very good point.

With BYJOTY you obviously have the audience award that rewards the most popular act and the judges awards that reward the acts that fit the judges criteria. From what I can determine from what my son received from entering the competition this year the judges award was more important in an immediate way (voucher for Oddballs, T-shirt) the other silver winner getting the same size voucher and a bag that might have contained something. Peter along with the title received a cuddly toy dragon and a gold BJC pass as BYJOTY winner.

You could argue that the title is more important than anything else and that should be awarded by a populist vote and I would like to hear opinions on this. I believe that the IJA awards are judged and no-one seems particularly upset about this (I could be wrong I have never been to the IJA and my knowledge is based on what I have read on forums over the years). I disagree that the only people who will be happy when entering are the judges and winner. As a convention booker I am looking to book acts. I don't want to book the same act as everyone else and so I often ask someone other than the winner of BYJOTY to be in MKJC show (e.g. last year I asked two acts from BYJOTY, neither were the winner, one appeared in the show). This year I have also asked an act that wasn't the winner.

Nigel

lukeburrage - - Parent

"I believe that the IJA awards are judged and no-one seems particularly upset about this (I could be wrong I have never been to the IJA and my knowledge is based on what I have read on forums over the years)."

At Derby BJC in 2004 I had the idea for the BYJOTY show. That summer I went to the IJA convention and took part in the stage competition. I was so upset with the judging process and the outcome that I specifically designed the rules of the first BYJOTY to avoid the same thing happening in Perth the next year.

My point being: you are 100% wrong on this subject, and the main BYJOTY title being decided by audience vote is the evidence of this!

david - - Parent

Luke is correct in saying tthat some people have been upset about the results of IJA judging. You are correct in saying some peope are not upset. As a spectator I have not always agreed with the judges decisions and also not agreed with other disgruntled spectators. I think upsetness is inevitable in any judging process, including the populist vote. The IJA also has a "People's Choice" award which may or may not be awarded to one of the judges selections.

Watching over the years I can see that the IJA responds by tweaking the process.

IMHO if you don't have a good reason to judge don't engage in the hastle. You can still have the rules and let the interested spectators decide.

lukeburrage - - Parent

To be clear, you are saying he was correct about something he didn't write. He said "no-one is upset" not "some people are not upset". My first point was that, yes, of course some people are not upset... but in designing the rules for BYJOTY I tried to reduce the number of people who are upset.

In the case of those taking part in the show, it's a lot more easy to take it personally when three judges decide you aren't going to win. It's a lot easier to take when the audience collectively decides. Yo might not be the favourite of any of the judges, but you're probably going to get some percentage of the audience votes.

It isn't the perfect solution, but everyone is involved, not just the five people in the show and the three judges. It allows everyone to express what they like about the show. Nobody is passive.

The IJA People's Choice is not for the an act in the stage championships. It's open for any juggler at the convention who people liked for whatever reason. In 2004 I voted for Komei Aoki, who only took part in the juniors competition.

Little Paul - - Parent

I would say the fewer rules the better (for the first year at least) if you’re overwhelmed by entrants you can refine it in future years.

I agree that 50 feels about right as a lower bound (40 is too low) and I agree about the “must not have been performed for an audience in the last year” (to stop Steve Rawlings turning up and storming it with the routine he’s been doing for 30years) and I agree that there should be some form of time limit, although any complexity around what types of act get what length of time seems unnecessary - “no longer than 8mins” should be enough for anyone.

I don’t care about any of the other rules, or judging criteria, I think “popular vote” is both easier than judging and more satisfying, and if your selfish aim is to find someone to book for MK then it’s probably more relevant than what the judges think anyway.

It's Him - - Parent

To say that it is just my selfish aim to get acts is perhaps a little misleading on my part. Something that encourages 'proper acts' may percolate outside of the competition itself. For example BYJOTY if it doesn't fade may get more acts rather than just people who do tricks. Maybe older jugglers who generally sit around and chat will be more motivated to practice something. Who knows?

With limited input so far it seems like public vote is preferred to judges. What about feedback? What about prizes?

I have the feeling that most older jugglers wouldn't care much about vouchers to buy new props as they probably rooms full of the stuff. On the other hand would something like a bottle of good whisky be appropriate?

Nigel

Terix -

Please please any advices for passing clubs back to back?
https://youtu.be/b4RAx9BWc-w (1:23 - 1:46)
Is there anything special to do - like looking to the sides, special kind of throw or the point is just in a lot of practising (probably helmet required :D)?

7b_wizard - - Parent

no idea .. "know where to aim"? (somewhere above yourself) .. ( is how I do my 5b all ups 180° ) .. check where your throws come down where there's a mirror (or window front of a gym)?

david - - Parent

Talk to your partner.

A simpler set up is a line of three with the middle juggler facing the first juggler and doing back drops to the third juggler. The third juggler makes a long pass to the first juggler. The first makes a short pass to the middle juggler and the middle one does the back drops. The third juggler provides feedback to the middle juggler.

When two can throw reliable back drops and have experience scatching them, they can try back-to-back.

hth

Scott Seltzer - - Parent

I always felt that 7 clubs back to back was easier than with 6 clubs. 6 club doubles has a lame rhythm with awkward pauses between the passes. 7 clubs just feels better.

Maria -

Swedish Juggling Convention 2018!

Well, JugglingEdge asked what it was like for me, so here we go...

Me and the Swedish Juggling Convention:
This was my 6th time going to the SJC, every year since 2013, and the second time it was held in Tranemo.

The venue:
Tranemo is a small town, and a little bit cumbersome to get to if you are not driving. At least 3 buses from the closest airport, or two buses from a somewhat large train station, or one bus from a small train station.

Other than that, the venue is great!
In the same building, there is:
Gym 1, 24h juggling space
Gym 2, extra juggling space during the day, sleeping hall during the night.
Small dining area
Small kitchen (mostly used by organisers for breakfast, coffee and tea for the participants)
Plenty of (hot) showers and toilets
Saunas
...even a swimming pool, that was open for the jugglers during a few hours on one of the days.

The show was held in an adjacent building, and there is a grocery store right across the street.

While the sleeping hall was a bit cold the first night, it got better for the second and third... At least I think so, I was wearing some extra clothes for those nights though. My sleeping bag is for summer camping, I'm sure it was not an issue for anyone with a warmer sleeping bag.

The jugglers:
About 45 people participated in the convention this year. Many of them were the Swedish jugglers that I am used to meeting at SJC, but there were also some new faces. As usual, all of them really nice people, and I didn't feel the slightest bit worried about leaving wallet and phone in the gym when going to eat in the dining area.

Food:
Included in the ticket price was simple breakfast (corn flakes with milk/yoghurt/vegan options, sandwiches with ham/cheese/hummus, orange juice, coffee, tea),
and a hot meal a day! (Choice between "meat" or "vegan" meal.) The food was good, but the best thing about food included in the ticket, in my opinion, is that everyone eats together. A good opportunity to chat with someone you don't know yet!

The show:
The gala show was held in a school building next to the gym. The performers were good, but there were too many "slow" acts. I got a bit bored, actually. I did enjoy the last acts, though, a ring act by Filip Zahradnický and a somewhat more "traditional" circus juggling act by Lauri Koskinen.
All five acts were solo acts. Some kind of duo or group act would have been nice.

Workshops:
There were workshops. I'm not that good at attending workshops if they are not about club passing... But I went to Speed Passing (of course), "Juggling technique" (with Lauri Koskinen) and part of the "Add movement to your juggling". I also tried a few throws from the ring juggling workshop.

The Club Passing:
Well, here is my main reason for going to juggling conventions! Most of the jugglers participated in the Speed Passing, which was great, but we didn't have enough time to actually let everyone pass with each other.
I passed a lot with O (often with 1-3 more jugglers), with V and with S. Mostly patterns that I have done before (if you want to know which ones they are in my log). I also passed a little bit with beginners.

The Games:
Pretty much the usual games. I participated in "Simon Says", "Jugglers Long Jump", "Gandini Crown Gladiators" and "Combat", but without any chance of winning any of them. No club passing, unfortunately.

Open stage/Renegade:
A combined Open Stage and Renegade was held in the main gym on the last evening. The open stage acts were nice. The renegade was OK but a bit too long, in the end it was just the same people coming up on stage over and over again to show a new trick. Nice tricks for sure, but after spending part of the afternoon watching games I wanted to juggle. It felt a little bit rude to walk away when most people stayed to watch, but eventually me and S did that anyway, and took our clubs to the second gym for some passing. S was only there over the day and had also spent time watching games, so we were happy when the renegade ended so we could find some more passers. Not that I don't enjoy 2-people passing with S, but we pass together every week anyway.

Other:
Great organising team that wants to keep organising the Swedish Juggling Convention, in the same place, for at least a few years. We are hoping for the convention to grow! Thank you!

A bit surprised that I didn't see anyone playing board games this year. There are usually at least a few people doing that in the evenings. I think most people spent the late evenings either juggling or in the sauna.

Great jugglers doing awesome tricks! Happy that a few of them also posted videos on Facebook after the convention.

Sometimes when people do awesome tricks I can't help feeling a little bit like it's useless for me to juggle, I'll never be close to their level anyway... At other times, it is inspiring and I just want to juggle more. Well. At least it is fun, and I think I am a decent club passer by now, though not a very good solo juggler.

#SJC2018 #ConventionReview

david - - Parent

Great review. You had me at sauna and the food included sounds good too. Please alert the Edge about next years registration, even though it's not too likely I'll be able to get there.

Maria - - Parent

Thank you!

Yes, sauna is very nice after a day of juggling.

Sure, I'll let the Edge know, if the organisers don't. :) The convention is always during Easter, so usually it's possible to combine it with BJC (I did that last year).

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