Every possible joke about balls has been made before, but be my guest
July 17, 2012 12:55 PM   Subscribe

There are lots of different approaches to making a juggling video. A purist might explore the limits of 3 ball juggling, or try interesting movements with 3 clubs. Others might like to bounce their balls, although it can get a little noisy. Personally, I have a weakness for club passing, whether it's compilations of jugglers' favourite patterns, or jaw-droppingly impressive technical competitions. Fatboy slim's competition to make a juggling-themed music video to one of his songs yeilded some good stuff, and for people into juggling as a hobby, there are some great in-jokes to be found.

Watch a few of the above, go hunting for more, and then go somewhere like here or, better yet, here.
posted by metaBugs (8 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
The "jaw-droppingly impressive" link definitely does what it says on the tin. Wow.
posted by eugenen at 1:28 PM on July 17, 2012

Juggling is awesome. My crap motor skills means the best I can do is a sloppy three ball juggle, learned through hanging around alt.fan.pratchett meetups, but seeing people who are really into at work is just great.

I like to have a couple of stress balls around at work, so I can amaze my cow-orkers the secret of juggling: knowning to stop just before you drop the ball.
posted by MartinWisse at 1:29 PM on July 17, 2012 [1 favorite]

Fabulous post! Watched and enjoyed every link-- love that there was nothing samey about them.
posted by idest at 1:38 PM on July 17, 2012

*Goes off to google to look for a new set of clubs*
posted by azpenguin at 2:12 PM on July 17, 2012

That three ball juggling video is completely insane. I'm a semi-decent 3-ball juggler and I guess I can do about 80% of the patterns the guy is doing, but the level he's working at is about as far beyond me as you can get.

the secret of juggling: knowning to stop just before you drop the ball

That's just a floor stall. You can recover by throwing the other two balls as high in the air as you can and using the time to pick up the dropped ball, which you can then throw back into the pattern as the other two come down.

Weirdly the trick I do that most impresses non-jugglers seems to be the twist. It's not terribly difficult and it's sometimes a bit annoying that something I had down in a few days gets more attention than (for example) Rubenstein's Revenge.
posted by xchmp at 3:08 PM on July 17, 2012

I am confused by the 3 ball juggling link. Is that third arm legal for competition?
posted by jacquilynne at 3:14 PM on July 17, 2012

Yeah, word, the three-ball guy was so fast his arms were blurred out and it looked like the ball was standing still at points.
posted by Diablevert at 6:01 PM on July 17, 2012

Falcore has obviously taken the red pill.

How do you even fit 4 ball mills variations and stacked boxes with 6's into such a small space? I need a gym to attempt that, he just needs a small closet. :-)
posted by smidgen at 8:09 PM on July 17, 2012

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