Five person feasts and stars

Here’s a selection of patterns for five people standing in a circle, as shown in the above diagram. There is one walking pattern at the end. I’ll start with two well known patterns and the remaining patterns are variations or combinations of those patterns. I’ve described a lot of the patterns here in terms of three count, if you don’t …

Six person patterns

The great thing about conventions like the IJA festival, is that there will be lots of other potential passing partners there. You should take advantage of this and try some big patterns that you can’t always do at your local club. This article describes some six person patterns. Pistons for six jugglers This is a six person version of pistons, …

The weave and variations

The weave is a mainstay of the Flying Karamazov Brothers’ stage show, and I believe it was created by them. One juggler passes to three others on two count, while the other three walk around each other in a figure eight pattern passing on six count. It’s a fun pattern to juggle and it’s given rise to many interesting variations. …

Five person weaves

At this year’s IJA festival in Bowling Green Ohio, you might be trying some four person passing patterns, when a fifth person asks to join in. I used to think that five people was an awkward number for passing patterns, but it turns out that there are quite a few very nice patterns! Mr inside, Mr outside weave This is …

Six handed siteswaps

The recipe •Take any siteswap. I’m going to choose the nine object pattern b9aab939abb6a69. •Subtract 6 from every number to give a derived siteswap. In my example the derived siteswap is 534453-334550403. (Despite the negative numbers, this is still theoretically a siteswap)! •Number the beats in a causal diagram as follows:•Now for the first beat, 1, add the first number …

Karamazov shuffle and variations

mixed feed The Karamazov shuffle is a four person moving pattern created by the Flying Karamazov Brothers. It’s based on a four person mixed feed. Four jugglers stand in a square formation. Alexei and Pavel are facing Dmitri and Zossima. Each juggler passes on two count and four count with the two jugglers facing them.   For Alexei and Zossima …

Brolly notation/tricks in one count

Justification Imagine Adam juggling a four club fountain. Brenda is standing on his shoulders holding one club in each hand. She drops a white club from her right hand into Adam’s pattern and steals a blue club, then she drops a black club from her left hand into Adam’s pattern and steals a yellow club. For Adam the pattern doesn’t …

Four person patterns old and new

 Rotating yThe jugglers stand in a y formation. Everyone passes on four count. Adam always passes to Chris, Chris passes to Brenda, Brenda passes to Diane, and Diane passes to Adam. In the diagram the red arrows show the passes, the green arrows show how the jugglers walk after each pass. At the start Adam is at the base of …

Hijacking in period 5 patterns

This article describes how to switch between period 5 patterns and then extends this idea to period 5 feeds. Hijacking in why not? Adam and Brenda are passing why not? Brenda decides she wants to do five count popcorn, so she hijacks the pattern, and Adam is left passing five club why not?Brenda’s pattern for why not? is pass self pass heff …