People in Glass Cones Shouldn't Juggle
June 1, 2006 1:30 AM   Subscribe

Interesting juggling routine video - set inside an inverted 8 foot tall plexiglass cone, the performer incorporates the curves of the transparent walls around him to unique effect. More by the same guy here.
posted by jonson (50 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I had no idea you could do that
posted by delmoi at 1:46 AM on June 1, 2006

Particle man, particle man! Does whatever a particle can!
posted by loquacious at 1:52 AM on June 1, 2006

I'm just waiting for the Greg Kennedy diss video from Jason Garfield.
posted by hypersloth at 2:05 AM on June 1, 2006

Wow. That's cool.

That was totally not the direction I expected the cone to be facing, either.
posted by jacquilynne at 2:10 AM on June 1, 2006

It's like seeing simplified orbits! neat!
posted by Phantomx at 3:12 AM on June 1, 2006

must free the humanoid
posted by ori at 3:25 AM on June 1, 2006

Cool. I liked the sound as well as the vision, nice little rhythms built up in places.

Will have to revise my opinion, based on navigating Edinburgh during the Festival, that all jugglers should be rounded up and shot.
posted by jack_mo at 3:28 AM on June 1, 2006

Juggling usually bores me stiff, but that was a really fascinating clip. I really couldn't figure out what the fuck was going on.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:30 AM on June 1, 2006

It's a shame he can't make the cone totally transparent somehow. And play Jean Micheal Jarre remix by John Tesh in the background.
posted by the theory of revolution at 3:32 AM on June 1, 2006

I kept expecting the entire cone to overbalance and topple over, taking the juggler with it.
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:33 AM on June 1, 2006

theory of revolution: does that remix exist?
posted by hypersloth at 3:33 AM on June 1, 2006

based on navigating Edinburgh during the Festival

Yup, that's where my impression comes from as well. How the hell those street jugglers and guys on stilts ever manage to draw a crowd is a complete mystery. Nonetheless, they seem to do it night after night.

I suppose the bulk of their trade comes from having to kill an hour or so between shows. But even that wouldn't be enough to persuade me to watch juggling.

Conjuring, however, is a different story completely.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:38 AM on June 1, 2006

The bit between the eyes and the brain now hurts. Thanks.
posted by NinjaTadpole at 4:26 AM on June 1, 2006

Holy shit, Magneto is real.
posted by redteam at 5:41 AM on June 1, 2006

Next year's differential geometry class just got a little more interesting. "So what do geodesics on a cone look like? Take a look at this..."
posted by Wolfdog at 5:45 AM on June 1, 2006

Make the cone more stable, more transparent (maybe embed the camera right on the surface?) and you'd have an awesome effect going there. 10 points for originality.
posted by furtive at 5:55 AM on June 1, 2006

That's pretty dope.
posted by mzurer at 6:36 AM on June 1, 2006

Make the cone more stable, more transparent...

He should consider flourescent balls, costume, and illumination.
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:52 AM on June 1, 2006

Juggling and solid geometry!? Awesome.
Assuming, of course, you're a big nerd.
posted by aladfar at 6:54 AM on June 1, 2006

Yeah, that's pretty damn cool; thanks for sharing the link.
posted by delfuego at 7:06 AM on June 1, 2006

When I first saw this video I was blown away by the originality of the prop and the creativity Kennedy put into designing the moves. As a juggler, I love to see the boundaries of this art/sport being pushed. Things like the Chris Bliss routine are fine and all, but acts like that are fairly common. This, on the other hand, was amazing.
posted by mikeweeney at 7:09 AM on June 1, 2006

I was dissapointed, maybe it needed music or something. It just didn't quite appeal to me. I liked the idea, and the sounds that were there had a bit of a beat, but it just seemed lacking to me.
posted by pithy comment at 7:34 AM on June 1, 2006

A change needs to be made to the world where David Blane is put on television whenever he decides to trap himself in something, and this guy is only on the internet.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 7:38 AM on June 1, 2006

Thought experiment:

In what way would the movement of the balls change if this routine were conducted in a microgravity environment? The cone would still constrain the paths, but the balls would no longer have any acceleration/deceleration as they travel in the vertical axis. How would it look different, exactly, and what, if anything, would the juggler need to do differently?
posted by BlackPebble at 7:41 AM on June 1, 2006

Still not quite as impressive as some others I've seen. But very interesting.
posted by AmyMay at 7:42 AM on June 1, 2006

Are you all mad?
posted by Jody Tresidder at 7:42 AM on June 1, 2006

tres bien, seven ball is hard... now, lets see him do it with chainsaws!
posted by edgeways at 7:44 AM on June 1, 2006

How would it look different, exactly, and what, if anything, would the juggler need to do differently?

The answer to the second part of your question is: wear a fancier shirt. The first part then answers itself.
posted by pokermonk at 7:49 AM on June 1, 2006

If you miss a ball can't you just catch it on the next orbit? It seems to me juggling this way might be a bit more forgiving.

A+ on visual appeal and innovative concept though.
posted by subtle_squid at 7:51 AM on June 1, 2006

This reminded me of something I saw at least 15 years ago on public television. A man doing a sort of reverse juggling routine, he bounced balls off the ground and various surfaces. My favorite part was when he stood in a large equilateral triangle and had 4+ balls cruising around at once. Great rhythm. Don't suppose anyone know what that is eh?
posted by Shutter at 7:53 AM on June 1, 2006

Sure, he could gussy up the act a little. Depending on what crowd he was playing to, he could use armor and spiked balls; Pink Floyd laser effects; full frontal nudity; or a business suit with nothing but black balls...but it was a good act, aside from the minor cheesy effect of the wobbly cone.
posted by kozad at 8:23 AM on June 1, 2006

Excellent. Now if he choreographed this to The Beatles' "Revolution #9" that'd be awesome.
posted by justkevin at 8:36 AM on June 1, 2006

Shutter: You're thinking of Michael Moschen.
posted by gubo at 9:09 AM on June 1, 2006

Made me think of Moschen too. Nice link. I'd like to see how he gets in and out of the cone.
posted by obol at 9:12 AM on June 1, 2006

does anyone know exactly how this is done? I don't understand how the shape of the cone allows such apparent gravity-defying behaviour.

Here's what seems to be a pic of the cone:

why the hell do the balls act that way?
posted by spacediver at 9:48 AM on June 1, 2006

Spacediver - you ever gone to the mall and seen one of those things where you put a coin in the slot and it spirals down a cone? That's what this is - the balls don't drop straight down because they have momentum parallel to the ground and then you get a nice little centrifugal force thing going on.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 9:58 AM on June 1, 2006

After a minute my mental soundtrack for this was that old novelty tune "Popcorn" from the 70s.

spacediver, there's very little friction or rolling resistance so the balls' behavior can be pretty close to a newtonian ideal. They don't defy gravity: you'll note that if he leaves them going for several orbits they do get lower and lower,
posted by George_Spiggott at 9:58 AM on June 1, 2006

Mmmmmm.....bendy space juggling.

I'd like to se him do his trick in one of these.
Yes I know I wouldnt see anything.. It's a snarky comment
posted by lalochezia at 10:47 AM on June 1, 2006

Another juggling geometry in an enclosed space [video].
posted by nickyskye at 10:50 AM on June 1, 2006

ah i think i understand now - my problem was figuring out how the ball would BOUNCE upwards - but then i thought about the angles involved and it makes sense

thanks for the nudge :)
posted by spacediver at 11:37 AM on June 1, 2006

Perfect Gubo! Thank you, I've been wondering who that was for years.
posted by Shutter at 11:53 AM on June 1, 2006

posted by Optimus Chyme at 11:53 AM on June 1, 2006

OMG! He'd better finish that juggling routine before the air in the cone runs out...!
posted by twsf at 12:14 PM on June 1, 2006

Hey man nice shirt!
posted by wavespy at 12:35 PM on June 1, 2006

How does he get into - and out of - the cone?
posted by Cranberry at 12:54 PM on June 1, 2006

Shutter, the same juggler in this vid also has a bouncing routine on YouTube, which I thought was pretty cool.
posted by delfuego at 1:31 PM on June 1, 2006

I hate those guys with such creativity and talent

posted by zouhair at 5:56 PM on June 1, 2006


you reminded me of a crucial question I have : How the heck did they put this big table in that meeting room when there was only two tiny doors???
posted by zouhair at 5:58 PM on June 1, 2006

fucking amazing.
posted by ab3 at 6:22 PM on June 1, 2006

Mostly I want to know where he got the cone.
posted by ook at 7:41 AM on June 4, 2006

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