In the late 2000s, Anthony Gatto created a series of challenges where jugglers could create 30-second-long videos of themselves performing an unedited routine using a number and type of prop specified by Anthony. All of the videos had to be placed online by a certain date and then jugglers could vote on which video they thought was the best. The video with the most votes won.
Anthony Gatto, Scott Cain, and David Cain
It has been suggested to me several times that I should create an updated version of these contests for eJuggle readers. It will be judged slightly differently so as to avoid jugglers having friends and family outside the juggling community voting in mass for a video and to avoid it being a popularity vote. The judging will be done by a committee of jugglers, including myself, who are obviously not participating in the challenge.
I (David Cain) was honored to win Anthony Gatto’s 4-club 30-Second Routine Video Challenge in 2008, so we’re going to start with 4 clubs as well. If you want participate, here are the rules.
Film yourself doing an unedited routine with 4 clubs lasting no longer than 30 seconds. The video can be longer, but the actual routine must be no longer than half a minute. Then, post this video to Youtube (preferred) or another online platform where videos can be embedded into WordPress. If possible please make Youtube videos unlisted (not private). Then email me video links at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook. You have one month from the publishing of this article to submit videos. The committee will then review and judge the videos and select a winner. All of the submitted videos will appear in a follow-up article which will also announce the winner. The jugglers submitting the top three videos will receive one year IJA Memberships. Second place will also receive a $40 IJA Store gift certificate and the winner will receive an $80 IJA Store gift certificate.
If participation is good enough, future 30-Second Routine Video Challenges will be take place using different prop and number combinations.
For reference, below is my winning four club video. And yes, I’m well-aware that this wouldn’t hold a candle to what I’m hoping to receive for this contest. Just realize how much the juggling world has changed in 12 years!!!