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2012 Juggling Year in Review

  Another year has come and gone. The world did not come to an end, but there was plenty of activity going on in the juggling world. Records were broken, festivals took place, and like every year, some individuals picked up their first set of props and discovered juggling for the very first time. Let’s take a look back at …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: More Corporate Comedy

In my previous column I gave you a method to write inside jokes for corporate clients. I focused on corporate after dinner shows. The steps I suggested were: Ask your client and the attendees lots of questions to try to find inside information. It doesn’t have to be secret information, just information they all share and that will surprise them …

Creating a Juggling Combination Trick

Combination tricks are among the most difficult tricks in the world of juggling. The act of taking unrelated skills of juggling and manipulation and merging them into one trick is quite old, dating back at least as far as the Middle Ages. By far the most famous combination trick is the Brunn Finish, popularized by Francis Brunn. The basic idea …

The Historical Juggling Props Museum

Part 1: Getting Started It all started with an email from Alan Howard. He remembered that I had said something years before about wanting to get a Van Wyck juggling club if one ever came available. Edward Van Wyck was the first maker of retail juggling clubs, starting in 1895. His workshop in Cincinnati, Ohio is about thirty minutes from …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: Corporate Comedy

There are lots of different kinds of corporate gigs: after dinner shows, awards banquets, sales meetings, customer events, convention keynotes, company picnics, holiday parties, trade shows, training sessions, and teambuilding events just to name a few. Katrine and I love corporate gigs. Aside from all the flying, it’s the most comfortable market we work in. Your shows are always indoors, …

Thinking Of Setting A Guinness World Record?

Hello fellow jugglers and potential Guinness World Record Setters out there in the digital Universe. Greetings from The Pasta Palace, Home of The Fettucini Brothers and The Paddle Ball King. I hope that all is well with you and that all of your dances with gravity are pleasurable. So, you think that you are ready to try and set a …

Juggling With Boomerangs

Many jugglers have taken an interest in boomerang throwing over the years due to a number of commonalities in the skills. They both involve throwing and catching objects in a skilled manner. They both are skills that can appear easy until the average person tries them. One person who mastered both skills was 1983 IJA Champion Allan Jacobs, who was …

Be Funnier with Scotty Meltzer: WWBFD?

Whenever I think about hecklers and heckler lines I ask myself WWBFD? What Would Butterfly Do? Robert Nelson, aka The Butterfly Man, was better with hecklers than any other comedy juggler I have ever seen. He was even better with hecklers than he was without them! Robert always had dozens of insults, both original and stock, ready to go without …

Where Math Meets Art: New Frontiers in the Mathematics of Juggling

Dominic Klyve – professor of mathematics at Central Washington University – recently published a paper titled “A Zeta Function of Juggling Sequences” in the Journal of Combinatorics and Number Theory. When we found out about this publication, we all got very excited and made high-pitched squealing noises, then we emailed him about writing a piece for us at eJuggle. Previously …